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The Captain Talks; MARTIN MAWHINNEY GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH RATHFERN RANGERS' DAVID McCREA WHO WANTS LEAGUE TO THINK AGAIN ON FINES.

THIS week, we meet Rathfern Rangers captain David McCrea - a man on a mission.

The 34-year-old midfield general is currently spearheading a campaign to force local football's governing bodies to have a rethink about the amount being charged for player fines.

This season, the IFA have introduced a tariff of pounds 5 for bookings, while the County Antrim FA are charging clubs pounds 8 for any yellow cards picked up.

The matter has sparked outrage throughout junior football, with many clubs arguing the case that the high fees could go as far as to threaten their very existence.

As a committee member at Rathfern, McCrea is prepared to shoulder his share of responsibility in the battle for lower fees, if needs be.

He said: "We have put a letter to the IFA and the County Antrim asking them what they are going to do about this.

"I went onto the NI Forum about it, and 30 or 40 clubs have already said they will back me on it.

"It is not really my place to be doing this - what I am trying to do is throw it over to the Amateur League and the County Antrim representatives.

But if they don't act, we will fight it ourselves.

"I have always been around Rathfern, and my dad is the chairman - I am definitely not going to let this one rest."

NAME: David McCrea

CLUB: Rathfern Rangers

AGE: 34

POSITION: Midfielder

FROM: Monkstown

CURRENT BOOTS: Umbro Specials

FIRST EVER BOOTS: Dunlop

CLUBS TO DATE: Lisburn Distillery, Moyola Park, Crusaders, H&W Welders, Dundela, Nortel, Rathfern Rangers

SCHOOLBOY DAYS: Carnmoney Colts

BOYHOOD CLUB: Liverpool

FAVOURITE P LAYER: Diego Maradona

FAVOURITE GOAL: Maradona's goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Not the Hand of God - the one where he took it round all the players. Watching it as a kid, it looked amazing

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Oasis

FAVOURITE FILM: Goodfellas

IDEAL WAG: Cheryl Cole

HONOURS WITH CLUB: Churches League Division One (three times), Scarlett Cup, Diamond Cup, Division 2C, 2B, and 2A league titles, Cochrane Corry Cup, Junior Shield.

We have been quite successful, but it's getting harder the higher up we go.

OTHER HONOURS:

George Wilson runners-up and Youth Cup runners-up (both at Lisburn Distillery). Border Cup (Nortel).

BEST MOMENT AT CLUB: Beating Ardoyne to win the Junior Shield final in 2006. We had been trying to win that competition for 20 years.

It was some occasion for us - there must have been over 1,000 people there that day. We were 2-1 down against a good Ardoyne team and came back to win 3-2.

WORST MOMENT AT CLUB: Getting beat by Sirrocco Works 6-1 at theirs' last season. We were both going for the 1B league title. Though it didn't win them the league mathematically, it was the final blow for us. It was an embarrassment.

BEST CLUB SIDE IN YOUR LEAGUE: Abbey Villa. They beat us 5-1 after we had won six out of six games. They are a good side that like to play attractive football, and I think they will win the league easily enough.

BEST PLAYER AT CLUB: Colin Andrews (Centre Forward). He is a great all-round player, and a great goalscorer.

BEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH OR AGAINST: The best player I ever played with was Jimmy Crawford. He never played higher than Rathfern, but it was a waste of a talent. If his heart had been in training, he would have made it over in England. If you ask anyone who saw him, he never had a bad game. Best player I played against was easily Billy Caskey. He was an amazing player, and hard as nails. A legend.

WORST TACKLER: It wouldn't be me, because I never tackle! Definitely Darren Docherty.

He has been booked in every match he has played this season. He's a hatchet man, a nightmare. He'll tackle anything - even in training.

WORST DRESSED: Ryan McCartney. He wears David Brent-style leather jackets.

BIGGEST POSER: That would be me. I just like to take care of my appearance.

MANAGER'S FAVOURITE SAYING (TJ YOUNG, INSET): "Don't get involved with the ref, don't get involved with the other team, and don't get involved with your own teammates." And as for when he's had a few, just don't ask about the Cobra.

DAVID'S DREAM XI

Goalkeeper

Peter Schmeichel

Centre backs

Alan Hansen & Franco Baresi

R'back L'back

Cafu Roberto Carlos

Centre midfield

Steven Gerrard & Bryan Robson

R m'field L m'field

Zinedine George

Zidane Best

Strikers

Maradona & Marco van Basten

CAPTION(S):

TALENT Maradona in '86; CRAZY Pesci in Goodfellas; X FACTOR Cheryl Cole; LOOKING GOOD Self confessed poser David McRea knows when the cameras are out
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2008
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