Photo Credit to John Rudkin – @JohnRudkin999
JG – Hello and welcome to our readers, firstly Jonny, let me welcome you to Matlock Town FC. What made you decide to make the loan move to the Gladiators?
JM – I got a call saying they wanted to take me on loan and it just seemed a great fit for both parties. I wasn’t going to play at Boston for one reason or another so when the opportunity to come here came about it seemed a no brainer. The manager explained he wanted somebody to come in and score some goals and he thought I was the right person for the job.
JG – Do you feel you come to The Proctor Cars Stadium with a point to prove?
JM – Yeah I think so definitely. Football changes everyday nobody cares how well you were doing last season or even before that and with me struggling the last few years with injuries I’m almost having to start again and remind people what I can do. I just want to have a run of games and get back to what I do best which is scoring goals.
JG – You mention your last few years with injury problems and of course you had huge highs with a deserved move into league football with Scunthorpe United, how as a player do you pick yourself up and keep going when the chips are down?
JM – Yeah it’s been probably the hardest few years of my life. To go from the high of all that to all of a sudden getting injured one day and missing 16 months of football. I was told to start thinking of life away from football as I’d be lucky to play again. You’ve just gotta be really mentally tough, I’m not going to lie and say I’ve not had bad days and dark times but you’ve just gotta stay positive and remind yourself you’ve bounced back from setbacks before and you can do it again. I’ve proved people wrong all my life and I’m not going to stop now. I’m so lucky I’ve got an amazing family around me who I couldn’t have done any of this without.
JG – Let’s move to a happier topic, there is a fantastic photo of you celebrating scoring with your father on new years day against the Gladiators (don’t worry, we forgive you), can we expect to see your old man and other members of the Margetts family on match day?
JM – Haha I’m glad I’m forgiven now, that was the first thing the gaffer mentioned to the lads when I signed! Yeah like I was saying my family have been unbelievable throughout everything so to score with him there was a moment I’ll never forget. I can probably count on one hand the games he’s missed since I was a kid, he’s sacrificed a lot for me. I’m sure he’ll be there watching along with my mum, my sister and my little nephew.
JG – Have you worked with Frecks’ previously and are there any of the lads you know from your spells with other clubs?
JM – This is the first time I’ve worked with the gaffer but straight away I was really impressed with the way he spoke to the lads and how he’s been so far in training. He seems very professional and approachable which isn’t always the case. Yeah, I played with Beeves (Lee Beevers) at Lincoln and with Westy (Craig Westcarr) at Southport and briefly at Boston so that’s helped settle for sure.
JG – What sort of striker would you describe yourself as for those who have never seen you play?
JM – I’d probably say a bit of a Fox in the box as some people call it. My movement is good and I pride myself on my goal scoring. I always make sure I give 100% and work as hard as I can for the team.
JG – To finish things off as you have generously taken time out of your day to answer my questions, do you have a message for the Gladiators fan base?
JM – Just to come down and support the lads and hopefully I can help contribute to some good results on the pitch!
Key – JG = James Griffiths, interviewer. JM = Jonny Margetts, Striker