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Where are they now? - Scott Mitchell

By Sean Galea-Pace

Danny Cook caught up with former Blues favourite Scott Mitchell and found out what he's been up to since leaving the club.

Scott had two spells with the Trawlerboys, his first spell starting back in 2009 before moving on to AFC Sudbury and Leiston respectively in 2013. In his second, Scott returned to Lowestoft for a final season during the 2015/16 season.

What have you been up to since you left Lowestoft?

“Since my most recent spell at Lowestoft, I had stopped playing football for two years due to work. I took a full-time role at Ipswich Town, working in the academy as their Head of Performance Analysis, which meant I couldn’t play on Saturdays or commit to midweek games. My role is to analyse the technical and tactical performance of the players and teams in the academy so that ranges from U23’s right down to the U9’s. I am responsible for and overseeing that this happens across our academy set-up. Now I am in a position where I can commit to Saturdays again, so I have recently started playing for Stowmarket Town”

Do you have any standout memories from your time at Lowestoft?

“I have had some great memories during my time at Lowestoft. I really enjoyed the first period I spent at the club when we were in the Bostik North Division. There was a really good group of local players at the club and they really welcomed a few of the lads who like me used to travel in from a further distance. I would probably say the games against Bury Town were a standout, as more often than not we won the games, which was pleasing. That fixture was always played with a competitive edge because they were derby games, it was always heated which the players enjoyed.”

What did putting on the Blue Lowestoft shirt mean to you?

“Lowestoft is quite a unique club because the fans are what make the club and the chairman being local and so loyal to the club made the whole experience extra special. You weren’t just representing yourself, you were representing the fans as well.”

What was your favourite goal from your time at Lowestoft (can be scored by another player)?
“Lubomir Guentchev’s goal against Bury during the 2010/11 Bostik Premier semi-final playoff at Bury. I also remember Jamie Forshaw scoring a great volley and Greg Crane’s wonderful free kick from just over the half-way line during my time at the club.

As for my own favourite goal, I remember us drawing 2-2 with Enfield away and I scored both goals. I scored one from the edge of the box, which flew into the top right-hand corner from just outside the penalty area. Remarkably one report said it was a cross although I was in the middle of the pitch, so it was a pretty straight cross. Just the context of the goals is why they stand out for me, I scored the second goal during added time whilst we were losing 2-1, so a pretty important equaliser.”

If you could play with just a few former Lowestoft players, who would they be and why?

“Greg Crane, because he always put a smile on my face. He was a great captain, a great leader and a great player with great technical ability.

Darren Cockrill, out of all the lads I played with he was probably the best player at the club. He was just a standout performer week in week out.

Andrew Fisk, who was maybe not the most technical player, but made up for it in effort and determination.

Adam Smith, who was probably not the most aesthetically pleasing player to watch but put 100 percent in each week, and for someone who wasn’t quick he got up and down the line well.

If I could play with any of the current Lowestoft players I would choose Travis Cole, because he is a local lad who flies the flag for the club and he reminds me of myself in some ways. Just maybe not as good looking.”

If you had to pick a favourite game at Lowestoft what would it be?

“My favourite game would be Wrexham away in the FA Cup in the first round. I think we took around 1,000 fans and we probably deserved to at least get a draw out of the game. The away fans that day were fantastic and always are, singing along and supporting the club.”

What attracted you to Lowestoft?

“I think playing in the professional game for a few years especially at the lower levels, you understand that it is tough and it’s almost like having a full-time job that people don’t realise. On the outside, it looks nice that you want to be a professional footballer but actually it’s really tough. You don’t get paid very well, so the opportunity to go to a club that had a good chairman, a good management team, and place where I could just go and enjoy my football was really important for me. I know a lot of people probably didn’t realise that I was travelling from Cambridge three times a week. Financially, this may not have been the best decision I have made, but I just loved the club and loved the place. I wasn’t getting home from training till midnight, so it was a tough slog but it was well worth it.”

What are you plans for the season ahead?

“I’m just planning to enjoy football again. I missed the changing room environment, which I am sure everyone who leaves football will tell you that it is something that they miss the most. Just being around the lads and enjoying myself again is the most aim for this season.”

“I just wanted to say what a fantastic man Gary Keyzor is, I think he has put a hell of a lot of work into the club, especially when I was there and probably didn’t get the credit he deserved for all the effort and time he spent with the club. Micky Chapman was the driving force behind most things, he was the glue that held us all together. Also, just a final mention to the fans, who I always enjoyed playing in front of. Always signing, always loud and always supported the club despite the weather or the distance. I will never forget Morris, Christine, Terry Lynes, Dave Carolan and Bill, who like Gary probably didn’t get the credit they deserved for the time and effort they put into the club.”

On behalf of everyone at Lowestoft Town FC, we would like to wish Scott all the best for the season with his role at Ipswich’s academy and his playing role for Stowmarket Town.

Danny Cook.

Updated 17:38 - 23 Oct 2017 by Sean Galea-Pace

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