We caught up with Aaron Flanagan, son to Curzon Ashton’s man in charge John Flanagan in our third instalment of ‘Your Team’ ahead of #NonLeagueDay.
How long have you supported Curzon?
I didn’t really have a choice of who to support after my dad took over as manager in the summer of 2011. He’s still there now and I’ve had my favourite footballing memories with the club.
It’s been one incredible rollercoaster!
What are your memories of your first match?
I had visited Curzon with my dad’s former club’s plenty of times before I was a fan, but the first after he took over was a friendly against Manchester United. Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Danny Drinkwater among many others played for United, who won 4-0.
There was a huge crowd and a great occasion, which really whet my appetite for years to come – although I don’t think anyone would have predicted I’d have enjoyed following Curzon this much!
What is your greatest Curzon moment for you?
I’m really not sure how to pick just one, having experienced league title wins, playoff victories and more, but it is probably a game that ultimately ended in the most painful defeat: Curzon 3-4 Wimbledon in the FA Cup second round.
Being three up with 10 minutes to go, only to lose in the last second, is pretty spectacular. But the way the club and town rallied for the whole FA Cup run will stick with me forever.
As for the result though, it’s still painful every time it’s mentioned!
What’re your hopes for the season?
Realistically, we have to remember that we have one of – if not the – smallest budgets in the National League North, so survival has to be the first target. But saying that, I’m confident there are plenty of worse teams than us in the division. And with Adam Morgan back in the team, who is already notching goals and assists after just a few games back, we could even push for a top half.
If a first timer was to come to your ground, they would experience…
Smiles! We’re an incredibly friendly and welcoming club and if anyone doesn’t get that experience we take it personally and ensure that is quickly rectified. You get a nice ground, cheap beer and (hopefully) entertaining football!