SWAN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – TOMMY BREWER
As part of a brand-new series of interviews with former Swans, the Staines Town media team caught up with former skipper Tommy Brewer to chat about his career.
You started out in non-league at Bedfont Town in 2011, but how did you get into the game to start with?
I’d always played football from young, and probably at the age of 6 I played under 8s. My dad was the main reason I got into it.
You joined Staines in 2014 from Hampton & Richmond Borough, how did the move come about and what appealed to you about the club?
Hampton changed manager at the time (from a joint management team of Paul Barry and Darren Powell, to Alan Dowson) and I didn’t really get a chance because of it. Max Worsfold asked me if I would come to Staines.
You were signed by Marcus Gayle, how was he to play under?
I liked Marcus a lot to be fair but I think I only managed to be there with him for about 2 months before he moved on in December 2014.
Who was your favourite manager that you worked under at Staines, and why?
Hands down it would have to be Drax. He was a great man manager and knew how to build a good changing room. We really underachieved in the last year he was there, we should’ve got promoted.
You picked up the captaincy in 2016, how did it feel to captain the Swans?
It is always nice to captain the side and to do it for as long as I did was a good feeling.
You scored 6 times for the club in your 170 appearances, which goal was your favourite and why?
Probably the goal away at Enfield Town. I was dropped by Drax for a few games before, so it was nice to come back in and stick one in the top corner.
What ranks amongst your favourite memories of your time at Staines?
Probably the FA Cup run that took us to Leyton Orient. The cup run was really good fun and we deserved to get there.
Where did your career take you following your departure from the club?
I went to Kingstonian and then to Tonbridge Angels. I’m now captain at Hendon and enjoying it there.
If you had to pick a 5 a side team from everyone that you played with at the club, who would be in there and why?
Jack Turner would be my keeper, I don’t need to say why with him as I think we all know. I’d also go with Max Worsfold, Elliott Buchanan, Louie Theophanous and Wadah Ahmidi. They were all way too good to be playing that level at the time.
Are you still in touch with any of the squad you played with?
A lot of them actually. You always end up coming across each other through football anyway but I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends from Staines, that’s for sure.
Do you have any message for the Staines fans?
Keep the faith and hopefully the club can get back to where it was. Me and my family are still supporters and wishing you the best!