George Glendon’s certainly enjoying his football at the moment, and since joining up with Chester under the guidance of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, the Mancunian wants to help bring success to the Deva Stadium.
Glendon joined the Blues in September on a short-term basis, but insists that he’s here to stay. I was fortunate to catch up with the former Manchester City star, and Glendon reiterates that he’s really enjoying his football again.
“My time so far has been very enjoyable”, said Glendon. “To be able to play football again regularly has brought a smile back on my face and that’s down to the way that the manager(s), players and fans have welcomed me. We have a really good team here with a great balance of experienced professionals and young lads who want to develop.”
Glendon insists that joining up with Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley will only help to bring the best out of his game. It’s fair to say that ‘Jonno and ‘Bern are extremely passionate, and wear their hearts on their sleeves, and Glendon is excited as to what the future may hold.
“Every manager that you play under is different. ‘Bern and ‘Jonno know the game very well, and one thing I can say that they offer you as a player is freedom and confidence, which is massive for a player to have. Their passion has given me a lot of motivation to do well here.”
In terms of how his move to Chester materialised, Glendon added: “This summer I was at Bury, and it was a guessing game as to what was happening at Gigg Lane. After Bury, I kind of had enough of football and just wanted to enjoy it again. Bernard had contacted my father, and here I am!”
Glendon’s dream came true as a youngster as he progressed through the Manchester City academy, and captained the clubs on several occasions, the Mancunian admits that he’s learned a great deal as he developed his skills over the years, and admits that former Arsenal captain, Patrick Viera helped him along the way.
“I was massively proud of what I achieved at ‘City”, admitted Glendon. “It’s the club I support and the club my family support, so to develop through the ranks, and be on the bench for the first team, It was a dream come true for me. I was there when the takeover happened, so the changes I saw were massive from what the club has now become.
“I was always working and trying to improve my game. As a young kid, you always have to practise and improve, and whilst I was at Manchester City, there was no better feeling than watching or training with the players they brought to the club.”
As for advice that Glendon received during his time at Manchester City, Glendon added: “A lot of the lads would always offer me advice when I trained with them. I had Patrick Vieira as my manager for three seasons, so I learnt a lot from him, and he was one of the very best to play the game, he made me captain and we had a very good relationship.”
After leaving Manchester City, Glendon enjoyed spells at several clubs, but the next chapter in his career unfolded at Fleetwood Town, as the 24-year old made 70 appearances for the Lancashire-based side, and insisted that playing Sky Bet League One football wax much different to his time as Manchester City youth captain.
“I was a completely different footballer than when I was playing at ‘City”, said Glendon. “It was all about getting the three points, and it became more real playing top-level football. Fleetwood was a great platform for me to play my football and Uwe Rosler let me do that, but again that was very different with managers fighting for three points.”
On settling into life at the Deva Stadium, one thing that’s impressed Glendon has been the fantastic support shown by the supporters.
“The support has been top-class”, insisted Glendon. “The support we had at Telford and Curzon Ashton away was unreal. I’ve not had that before, so it was a great buzz to have along with all the messages that I’ve received.
“We all knew as a team, we didn’t play our best on Saturday and especially during the first-half, so we had to go out in the second half and show a different side to our game. The second-half opened up very quickly, so it was a good start for us and for me personally to get my first goal was special, and hopefully I can add a few more now.”
Having originally joined Chester on a short-term basis, Glendon hints that we may have a more long-term future at the Deva Stadium, which is one thing that would certainly please the supporters.
“If we keep pushing towards the top of the table, and we’re in a good form come January, then definitely, yes it’s something I’m looking to do. Enjoying football is the main thing and that’s what I’m currently doing.”
During Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Leamington, Glendon’s performance was rewarded by the Vanarama National League North, as he was selected in the ‘team of the week’.
“Yes, it’s always nice when you see yourself in team of the week. It highlights that I’m performing well, and makes me want to get in it again.”
With a few weeks away from the action before Chester head to Kings Lynn Town on October 12, Glendon admits that the break will offer the lads a chance to recharge their batteries before heading into the business end of the campaign.
“It can work both ways during a break”, admitted Glendon. “It gives you good time to get a rest, but also you just want to play games and get into a routine. It’ll be a good time for us all to recharge and go again.”