Colin Larkin – Concord Rangers
This week, loyal Concord Rangers supporter, Colin Larkin, is featured as our #YellowSport Fan of the Week
How long have you supported Concord Rangers?
I’ve followed Concord for ten years. I enjoy it a lot more than league football because you can get really close to the action.
I also played for Concord’s junior team in the early 70s. I’ve seen the club promoted from the Essex Senior League, Isthmian League North and Premier as well as winning the Ryman Cup and Essex Senior Cup on three occasions.
The recent success started with Danny Cowley as manager – look where he is now, in the Championship with Huddersfield. Danny and his brother Nicky are legends at Concord.
Where in the ground do you sit?
I usually spend the first half in line with the opposition defence and then the second half behind the goal we are attacking.
Favourite all-time player?
Tony Stokes because he was always a class finisher. His goals would come out of almost nothing.
Favourite current player?
Joel Nouble. Because you never know what he is going to do next? I’m not overly sure he knows either!
Most memorable match?
There is a lot to choose from. Beating Canvey Island is always good.
Winning the Essex Senior Cup against Braintree Town and Billericay Town were great nights as was beating Lowestoft Town away in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off final – resulting in promotion to the National South.
Winning at Bath City on a cold night in January is another one which sticks out, along with knocking Royston Town out of the FA Trophy in the quarter-final stage.
However, highlighting the ‘never say die’ spirit of Concord, the 2-2 Trophy draw with Leamington at the Aspect Arena, followed by a dramatic win on penalties tops the lot.
If I could sign one player for my team it would be?
Cristiano Ronaldo. it would be a fitting end to his illustrious career picking up the FA Trophy at Wembley when and (a small) if it happens.