The secret of Burgess Hill’s success: Part 3

Burgess Hill v Whitstable. Burgess Hill are Ryman Isthmian Football League South Division Champions 14/15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150418-205459001
Burgess Hill v Whitstable. Burgess Hill are Ryman Isthmian Football League South Division Champions 14/15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150418-205459001

We asked Burgess Hill Town players and staff five questions about their incredible season. Here is part 3 with Graham Martin, Scott Kirkwood, Dan Perry, Rob O’Toole, Neil Watts and Darren Budd.

Graham Martin (Midfielder)

Graham Martin, Burgess Hill Town

Graham Martin, Burgess Hill Town

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Knowing when to switch on at key times and good blend of experience and youth

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Second to none – especially with Tucky behind him!

Scott Kirkwood, Burgess Hill Town

Scott Kirkwood, Burgess Hill Town

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Beating Sutton United away in the FA Cup. Not only a team highlight but on a personal level to

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Yes, with the additions we made in pre-season it was always on the cards.

Dan Perry, Burgess Hill Town

Dan Perry, Burgess Hill Town

Which player has stood out for you?

Greg Luer

Scott Kirkwood (Midfielder)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Rob O'Toole, Burgess Hill Town

Rob O'Toole, Burgess Hill Town

Great bunch of lads, everyone wants to work hard for each other and win for one another.

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

It was all down to Paul ‘P Diddy’ Dollner – Chappers wasn’t to bad either!!

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Sutton United in the FA Cup

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Neil Watts, Burgess Hill Town

Neil Watts, Burgess Hill Town

Yes

Which player has stood out for you?

Greg Luer

Dan Perry (Striker)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Good team spirit and everyone working for each other

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Very important

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Winning away at Aldershot in the FA Trophy

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

We always believed it could happen and that showed in our performances

Which player has stood out for you?

Will Miles

Rob O’Toole (attacker)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

The secret is how close the team are off the pitch. Togetherness wins you games. When you don’t play well but you got 15/16 players running that extra mile for each other because he’s your mate. Makes a massive difference

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

My first year with Chappers, heard the stories he’s a big scary character luckily we haven’t seen that with the season we had but he’s been Brilliant. Very passionate kicks every ball with us. Does what’s best for the team always. And it’s showed

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Highlight of the season. Aldershot away. Expected to be beaten comfortably. Come away with a 1-0 win and then out Xmas night out. Great memories

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

I actually bet Darren Budd in July we would win the league, but no I wouldn’t have guessed we would have had such an amazing run. The players I knew a few of them before. We all got together quickly starting a group message got us all chatting every day which brought us close and we could have a laugh and banter every day and is still going not a day goes by where I’m not laughing in that group message.

Which player has stood out for you?

To pick one player would be harsh on so many. You can’t have seasons like this with one player standing above all. I think there’s been so many key players this year. Josh James has been fantastic in goal the defence you can pick moments where all them have saved us. The midfield the same key moments where they have been brilliant and the forwards with vital goals that help us on our way! The whole team of snakes stands out for me and I love them all!

Neil Watts (defender)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

I think the togetherness of the whole team and club has been the secret

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Having Ian and Tucky as managers and coaches has been vital with their experience and knowledge

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Highlight for me was the Aldershot game and the Leatherhead game

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

I knew we had a great bunch of lads and would do well but this has been a particularly incredible season

Which player has stood out for you?

I think it’s hard to pick out a single player but Greg when he was here as he played in front of me on the right and I got to see close up how much talent he has

Darren Budd (midfielder)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

No secret at all really just that the team has gelled really well together this year with the youth and experience we have....and the team spirit is the best I have ever experienced in playing career so far.

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Chappers has been very important in the success of the club over the past 3yrs. He’s created a feel good atmosphere all around the club and especially into the playing side and that shows in our performance on the pitch!

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

The highlight of the season for me will be lifting that trophy on sat with the best team I’ve played with in my career so far. We have had some amazing cup runs this year beating Aldershot and Sutton United. But lifting that trophy will be the icing on the cake.

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

You could of never imagined that our season would of panned out like this as doing what we have done rarely happens. Just shows you how hard everyone has worked for each other over the season.

Which player has stood out for you?

Every single player has played a part this year and that’s the reason behind our success. The youngsters Greg, Lee, Will and Dan have all grown as players and have great attitudes and will all play at a higher level of football eventually. But for me Andy Pearson stands out this year as he has been a rock at the back for us with his consistency and great defending.

Darren Budd, Burgess Hill Town

Darren Budd, Burgess Hill Town