Glen Eckett – Canvey Island FC
This week, Canvey Island supporter, Glen Eckett, is featured as our #YellowSport Fan of the Week
How long have you supported Canvey Island?
I have supported Canvey for just over 20 years having first started going over to Park Lane in the last 1990s.
Where in the ground do you sit?
These days I sit in the press box, updating our Twitter feed and writing the match report for our website.
Favourite all-time player?
A tough question, but I think I’ll go for the Ginger Sex God himself, Steve Ward. A solid centre back who played over 350 times for the club from the Isthmian League Division Two all the way up to the Conference, coming back for a second spell towards the end of his career. Not only was he a great player, but he was also a genuinely nice person and the definition of a fans’ favourite.
Favourite current player?
From the team that finished last season, I’ll go for Jason Hallett. He originally broke into the team as a 19-year-old in the 2005/06 Conference season and is currently in his fourth spell with the club, developing into a vastly experienced forward who knows has mastered his role. He scored an impressive 22 goals in 2019/20 before the season was brought to an abrupt end.
Most memorable match?
I’ll go for our 2-1 win away to Port Vale in an FA Cup 1st Round Replay in November 2000.
Having scored twice at the death to come back from 4-2 down to draw 4-4 in the original tie, we then managed to get to the end of 90 minutes deadlocked at 0-0 at Vale Park.
Neil Gregory gave us the lead in extra time with a header before Wayne Vaughan raced away to win it for us. They pulled one back late on but it was to be our night, and what a night it was!
If I could sign one player for my team it would be?
If I suspend reality for a moment, I’d go and liberate Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. I’m sure he’s had enough of their fans getting on his case, plus Canvey has it’s own golf course so I’m sure he’d settle in fine!
Back in the real world, one player who has really impressed me from playing against us this season is winger Ola Ogunwamide at Tilbury. He’s an extremely talented player with good pace, can run with the ball and has a good finish on him. He’s still only in his early 20’s so it will be interesting to see how his career develops.