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Who's who at Deeside - Neil Ebbrell
Neil warms up the goalkeepers ahead of The Nomads' away match against HJK Helsinki - © NCM Media
A proud Neil Ebbrell with his 2015-16 goalkeeping team of John Danby, Jordan Manley and Jon Rushton following the 1-0 victory over Airbus in the Play Off Final - © NCM Media
Neil cites The Nomads' back-to-back league titles in the Cymru Alliance as some of his best memories - © NCM Media

Who's who at Deeside - Neil Ebbrell

Date Published: Friday, 9th February, 2018 - 10:15am

In our new website feature, we take a look at some of the people behind the team and we start this week with Goalkeeping Coach, Neil Ebbrell.

How long have you been involved with the club?
I've been at the Club since the 2009/10 season when then-manager, Jim Hackett invited me to join his support staff. Next year, if Im hopefully still here, will be my 10th season.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family...
I live in Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port with my wife Kathy and two lads William and Edward. Our eldest Wez lives and works in New Zealand as a joiner.

What do you do as your day-to-day job away from The Nomads?
This year marks my 30th year at United Utilities within the water treatment department as a Process Controller. The position is part of a small team that treats the Wirral's drinking water (that's originally extracted as raw water from the River Dee) with about 500,000 customers relying on quality water safe for consumption.

How did you get into the football side of things? I've been involved in senior football since I was 18. Playing at first within mainly the West Cheshire League and then moving onto coaching in my late 30's and earning my coaching qualifications. Hopefully my experiences and knowledge from playing for 20 years along with my qualifications does help the 'keepers I train and coach.

What does your role at the club involve?
My role is basically actively overseeing the goalkeeper section within the club. This involves liaising with members of staff who operate the foundation section, planning and delivering training sessions for our youth development section, professional development GK section and first team Goalkeepers.

In addition to training and coaching at the club on a Monday, I also coach here on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings and look to mentally and physically prepare our first team 'keepers on match day - a very busy, but massively enjoyable role.

What is your best memory with The Nomads?
I've got lots of good memories including winning the 2010/11 Cymru Alliance title, with the Rhyl 2-1 win home game a standout memory. Also, winning the Cymru Alliance title for second time was a great achievement in 2011/12.

The Europa League play-off game against Airbus - the Wez Baynes goal and afterwards the huge feeling of emotion and achievement is also up there.

However, the Stabæk game and 1-0 away win to go through to next round with the 1-0 aggregate score in our first European experience with two clean sheets has to win it for me! The feeling and emotion in the changing rooms and the celebrations afterwards are something I'll never ever forget.
Absolutely priceless...

I use those memories to keep driving me on for more.


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