Player Profile: Conor Downes - Midfielder
Conor Jame Downes has been a standout player for Stockport Town in the last nine months, a stalwart in midfield, and never one to shy out of a challenge.
The midfielder, 26, started his footballing career at St Johns FC, in Chorlton, and has never looked back. Downes joined the Lions back in January this year from Whalley Range FC, along with manager, Dave Wild, who also joined the club at the same time.
Downes, who plies his trade as a Rope Access Technician day to day, has spoken of how he has seen the Lions come together and bond more for the 2017/18 season. He said: “I feel my second season has started well, and I feel like there has been a lot more togetherness in the team.
“Everybody seems to be gelling both on and off the field which is always great to see.”
The Lions have had a mixed start to the season so far, which has included defeats to promotion favourites Litherland Remyca and Whitchurch Alport, but also, has seen a resounding victory away at FC Oswestry Town and a hard-fought win over Prestwich Heys.
Speaking to Downes about recent results, the midfielder believes there is still room for improvement.
Downes said: “We could have had a lot better of a start than we have had. We've had some good results and some that aren't good enough at all. But I feel that as each week comes and goes, we’re getting better with every game.
“I really do feel that with the players we have, we could go anywhere. I want to be a part of this team that goes up and up, and see where we can go.”
Life under boss Dave Wild has seen the Lions expand and playing some scintillating football at times, however it is the results that everyone looks out for. Downes was quick to point out that Wild’s dedication to the game leads by example.
He added: “I feel the club is in a very good place at the moment. Dave has got so much passion to get the club moving up in the leagues, it’s rubbing off on all of the players now.
“Everybody works for him [Dave], and his dedication to the club is second to none, as well as Phil [Carratt] and Dan [Millen], they all pretty much live here!”
As far as personal goals on the pitch, Downes is keen to push forward during matches, but ultimately is happy just being on the team sheet. He said: “All I want to do is keep starting and playing as many games as I can, as well as I can.
“We play in a certain way now that allows me to get forward a lot more, which is great for me, and hopefully I can get my name on the scoresheet a few times.”
Away from the game Downes spends his time playing pool and snooker, however the Lion made it clear which sport will always get his pick.
“When I’m not working or at training I play a bit of pool and snooker, but as far as sports come, it’s football all the time for me!”
The Lions return home this Monday against former Premier Division side, News Mills, and Downes remains abundantly clear how important a home fortress can be. He said: “Our home record is so important for us if we’re going to succeed in what we set out to do. If we win most of our home games, we wont be far off.”