Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Flinders has a knack of being in the right place at the right time. Last week he set up Will Boyle’s stoppage time equaliser against promotion contenders Luton Town.
“I didn’t even look over at the gaffer or the bench, I just ran up. Luckily enough Boyley (Will Boyle) was there to put it in for me”.
It’s not the first time that the Robins shot-stopper has been involved in goal mouth action. He was the first ever goalkeeper to score for Hartlepool with a header at home to Bournemouth in the 94th minute of the 2010/11 season. Flinders gave his thoughts on the goal that would’ve got him on the scoresheet on two consecutive home games, had his clearance not been poached on the line.
“It was the first home game of the season and I thought I’d scored again against Walsall’s Jimmy Walker, it was just a long punt up field but Colin Nish nicked it on the line”.
“People have the impression that everyone wants to be a striker. But I’d much rather take a clean sheet over scoring a goal any day”.
Scott Flinders is just one of the players at Cheltenham to live with the chairman Paul Baker, the other being Will Boyle.
Boyle, who arrived in January and hasn’t known any different since arriving from Huddersfield. He told Parklife Sport his thoughts on him living with the chairman.
“We do rent rooms from the chairman I’d be shocked if that happened at any other club in the football league. He makes you feel welcome and it seemed like a no-brainer. It shows the type of club it is. I came down in January and he said you’re more than welcome to stay, its testament to him and the kind of club here. Living with him nice, he’s very comfortable and organised. We’re not pretending it’s not happening (football) but he respects us as a person and likes getting to know us”.
“It’s quite a good insight as a player living with people above you. After a game you’re reflecting on your performance and the team’s performance. But from our perspectives, it can ruin weekends for us and we’re in a position to see what results do to people above us, like the chairman. It affects them a lot, if not worse, you can see what the games mean to them and everyone and the fans in the community”.
Find the full interview with Scott Flinders and Will Boyle below: