Hopwood reveals all in News of the World Interview.
|Outspoken Thwaites FC midfielder Jamie Hopwood today lived up to his name as
his interview with the News of the World newspaper was revealed for the
first time. He made some stunning comments that are sure to dominate the
headline for weeks to come.
Hopwood on Playing: -
''I feared my career was over as Gary almost sacked me. I am now beginning
to start worrying again.''
Midfield maestro Hopwood told us of the time when just a few months into his
playing career with Thwaites he had a fall out with then manager Gary
Targett. Hopwood, escaped by the skin of his teeth as team mate Damian
Tabbinor intervened. It proved to be a turning point in Thwaites history.
The brewery team, well marshalled by under-fire Hopwood went onto win both 5
and 7 a side league cups and finish strongly in the league. Targett was
sacked as manager of the 5-a-side team after a series of disastrous results.
He is now serving a 6-month jail sentence after stealing £1,200 from his
workplace Northcote Manor.
However, Hopwoods career appears to again be spiralling out of control.
Thwaites, now managed by Hopwood's cousin Dominic Southworth have seen their
form dip dramatically in all leagues. The 5-a-side team have plummeted to
the bottom of the table after some heavy defeats. Most notably 10-1 and 9-1.
The midweek 7-a-side team have gained just one point from a possible
twenty-seven and have lost their last four. Again, Thwaites find themselves
propping up the table. In the Sunday 7-a-side league their recent defeat
against mediocre Craven VII has seen them complete an unwanted treble of
being bottom of all 3 leagues. Hopwood was dropped to the bench last week
and several clubs are set to place offers for the currently unhappy
Hopwood said, 'I understand the managers decision to bring in more players
to bolster the squad. However, results have not improved and I didn't feel I
did anything wrong when I was playing. It feels like we have gone back in
time with the way the team is playing at the minute. I feared my career was
over as Gary almost sacked me. I am now beginning to start worrying again.
Hopwood on the rest of the team: -
''Some players - team members not mates.'' ''Narrowly avoided Police''
Hopwood revealed exclusively to our reporter that not all players get on. He
also told us of what was supposed to be one of the biggest and proudest
nights in Thwaites history ended in a brawl. Hopwood said, 'I would not say
we argue every week. However not all players get on. I don't want to mention
any names but they know who they are.' When asked if the current revelations
surrounding Dan Logan and his sexuality would affect team spirit Hopwood
said, 'Well put it this way - I won't be turning my back on him. God knows
what he might try and attempt.'
When questioned about the marvellous team spirit shown to win both 5 and
7-a-side league cups last season, Hopwood said, ''Yes it was brilliant. I
was so proud to be involved in both competitions and to score two goals was
unbelievable.'' However, things got out of hand on the presentation
'It was a Friday night - all the players, team officials and the board of
directors were dressed up to the nines for the annual presentation night. It
would be the first time Thwaites collected some silverware. The night
appeared to be going well in the Blues Bar (where the presentation was
held). However, it was getting late and we had all had a fair share to
drink. To cut a very long story short, whilst we were waiting for a lift
into town I turned round to see our Dozzer (Dominic Southworth) and Tipp-ex
(Simon Tipton) fighting in the middle of the street. All hell broke loose. A
resident from one of the surrounding houses came out and told the players
that a police van was on it's way. We scarpered into a taxi to avoid
confrontation with the police. We only narrowly avoided them. Tipp-ex stayed
in the Blues Bar - our proud night had turned into a disaster in a matter of
minutes. I was shell-shocked''
Hopwood on Booze: -
''Thwaites stars have a serious drink problem'' Hopwood on verge of becoming
Hopwood confirmed to us that 'a number of players' have 'serious' drink
problems. He himself confessed to being on the verge of becoming an
alcoholic. Drink binges are believed to be commonplace in the Thwaites camp.
Hopwood revealed how the 'majority' of the team went out three times a week
including the night before a big game.