Brechin City’s longest-serving and most-recognisable player is attacking midfielder Charlie King.
King (pictured right) is undoubtedly a fans’ favourite, and almost always seen with a huge grin in photos. He spoke to the Brechin reporter Steven Rae recently about how he felt the season was going, both for him and his team-mates, including his recent form, and being handed the club-captaincy.
“It’s been a difficult start to the season, without a doubt,” he commented.
“I think other teams have made it hard for us, and I suppose, at the end of the day, we should be recovering.
“Over the last four to five weeks it’s come together a lot better, and we seem to be working a lot harder for each other.
“Maybe it’s about time we do start getting that wee bit of luck, and hopefully try and turn the corner .”
King was sidelined for a the whole of the 2009-2010 season with a broken leg, and appears to have shaken off recent niggling injuries.
“At the Arbroath game away, I felt my left hamstring a bit, so I got a bit of treatment. Fortunately the game was cancelled so I didn’t miss a game.
“It just seems to be that time of the year where it’s colder, the surfaces aren’t great and you should maybe take more time when you’re warming up.”
Regarding form of late, and the noticeable disgruntlement from the support, King was first to admit that no-one wants to win games more than the players themselves.
““Nobody in our team goes out to not play well, I mean we don’t go out to go and get beat.
“Maybe when things haven’t been going to so well it’s a case of trying to get that consistency together.”
Consistency has been a problem this season so far, with so many departing Glebe Park in the summer, and injuries constantly plaguing the side.
King acknowledges how hard Jim Weir has found it to get a team settled.
“The manager’s never really had a settled team, but, over the past six weeks or so, he’s given the likes of myself and Jimmy Lister the opportunity to create a kind of partnership, he’s brought Garry Brady in with Molloy and Brian Hodge in the middle, to try to keep that wee bit of consistency in there.
“I think it’s starting to gel together, so hopefully some of these chances that we are creating we’ll start taking.
“It helps when you’ve got guys like McManus, McKenna, Derek Carcary coming off the bench and going and doing what they did at Airdrie.”
When asked about the partnership he and Lister had formed, in particular the contrast in styles, King was under no illusions about how well they connect when on-form,
“Without blowing my own trumpet, I’m never going to go and score 20 goals a season, whereas Paul McManus might do that. For me, it’s been a case of trying to link us up, to bring the midfielders into the game, and I think that’s where I come more into the game.
“I’ve always been one for coming short, taking the ball and bringing other players into the game.
“It’s good that the manager has given us the chance to gel by playing the same team. Of course, you’ve got guys who are upset about not getting a game, but these guys just have to bide their time and keep their heads up.”
Charlie is impressed with the contribution of on-loan youngsters Crawford and Smith.
“They’ve come in and done well. I’m not sure what will be happening with them in January when the transfer window is up.
“But guys like Graham Weir and Gerry McLauchlan, who’s coming back soon, can come in and do the job when they’re asked.”
Looking ahead, King pointed out that City are only a few points off fourth place in the table and there’s a lot to play for in the second half of the campaign.
He regards being captain of the side as a great honour.
“It’s something I’ve wanted for a few years. Fortunately, the manager’s come to me and asked me to take the captaincy, and obviously I was proud to do that.
“I’d like to think I’ve played my part over the past few weeks, gelling the boys together and hopefully thing go from strength to strength and we find ourselves closer to the top of the table soon.
Steven’s final question to Charlie provoked a short, sweet and predictable answer: “Can Brechin make the play-offs?” “Aye!”