Under the spotlight

UNDER the Spotlight features one of local football's most popular characters this week.

Mervyn 'Tubes' McIntyre was a star on the pitch and the Special One off it - and if you don't believe us, ask him!

His exquisite taste in music is bettered only by his taste when it comes to football - he's an ardent Manchester United fan, winners of the past three Premier League titles...

Name: Mervyn McIntyre

Age: 35

Position: Manager

Home town: Ballymoney

Club: Finvoy FC

Left-footed or right-footed:


What team do you support?

Man Utd of course

What is your favourite away ground?

Any that serves good grub!

Who is your footballing idol?

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Sir Alex Ferguson, so much determination after all these years

Any pre-match superstitions?

None as a manager. As a player I was the last to put my shirt on

Who is the best player you have played with and against?

Ryan Boyd is a fantastic player who I have played with and had the pleasure to manage and I hated playing against Willie McConaghie as he always tried to chip me from 50 or 60 yards!

What is the best advice you have been given by a manager?

Do it your own way and enjoy it

If you could introduce one thing to your sport what would it be?

Summer football instead of winter

Who do you think will win the league and World Cup?

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I hope Man Utd for the league and I'd go for Spain for the World Cup

Who is your ideal WAG?

My Rosie of course - STAY AWAY JOHN TERRY!

Who has been the greatest influence on your football career?

My dad or Willie McConaghie

If you could invite three players for a pint who would you invite?

I would love to have had a pint with Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson and Bill Shankly

Who is the best dressed in your changing room?

Garth Hanna - he's hot property (apparently)

Who does the most moaning on the pitch?

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Craig Davis or Garth Clyde could leave any manager needing painkillers

Who's your team's best and worst trainers?

Best is Parky and Nutty. The worst is Paul Pepe McCann, he always has an excuse. Or Lee Magee, he's like auld Dot Cotton!

Who is your team's biggest show pony?

Definitely Parky, but he always pulls it off

What has been the highlight of your football career?

Winning the Drummond Cup and winning a league title with Riada FC

What has been the low point of your career?

Injuries and having to retire

Who is the best team you have played this season?

Newtownabbey 7's

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