It’s game day!! The talking is nearly over and the Bootiful Game team are ready to board their trains, planes and automobiles for the trip to the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium later today when ‘HEM-ATH 360-Action All Areas’ morphs from article to reality.
Time though, for Ellie Dalglish to catch up with Hemsworth’s defender, Harry Viggars ahead of the clash with Athersley Recreation in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division.
The gaffer wouldn’t be too happy with my sense of direction but I’m now going from the front to the back with my choice of Fans’ Favourites in interviewing Hemsworth Miners Welfare’s stalwart in defence, Harry Viggars. Still only twenty-two, our centre back is admired for his proficient calmness and consummate skill in being the last and very often indomitable line of defence for Wells, writes Ellie Dalglish.
It’s remarkable to think that, for half of his life, Harry has been on the books of local clubs, initially with professional club Barnsley FC (Yorkshire’s #1 club) before joining Non-League’s Pontefract Colliers and, for the last six seasons and more than a quarter of his life, with the Mighty Wells. No wonder Harry has such a mature head on those young shoulders.”
“I started my time with Hemsworth in the Under-19s with Shaun Pugh. A couple of my mates played up there and I was actually a striker when I signed.”
“I remember playing a couple of games towards the end of my signing season, then I went into pre-season and I trained with the first team, when Daryl Bowman was in charge. I did quite well in training and he asked me to play a pre-season game in the first team. I think I scored two – or one – I can’t remember! I played the first couple of league games for the first team but was still with the Under 19s at the same time and playing with them, under Shaun Pugh.”
[Harry’s father, Andy Viggars, has confirmed that Harry scored two goals on his debut, away at Bottesford Town.]
“It was coming towards the end of the season and we were at the bottom end of Division One and I remember Benno [Wayne Benn] taking over. We were short one day for a centre back and I travelled with him to an away game, Rossington I think, and I just mentioned that when I was at Barnsley, I’d played centre back for a season. He played me for the last twenty minutes and I never really looked back from there. I seemed to play better at centre back than I did as a striker and I prefer playing with the game in front of me. It’s all thanks to Benno really!”
“I played all over when I was at Barnsley. I was eleven when I signed for Barnsley and 14 when I got released. They said to me when I got released: “Go back and play with your mates for a year, just to enjoy it.” So that’s what I did andI went to Ponte Collieries. I had a couple of games with their Under 19s, plus a game with the first team, then I came to Hemsworth because I heard it was a better set up and a better place to be.”
“I started in the Under 19s for Shaun Pugh so I have a lot to thank him for me getting into the first team. This is my sixth season now at 22! I’d like to go as far as I can with Hemsworth and to try and get us into the Evo-Stik, if we could. We’ve got a good chance this season. We’re punching above our weight anyway, just to be in the mix of the teams that we are in, with the wages that we’re paying.”
“You’ve got to take it as it is really, hopefully we’ll be up there at the end of the season. We’ve started alright but we’ve had a bullet the last couple of games. We have games in hand and I think we can get to a point off the top if we win them all. We’re obviously aiming to get out of the league but we know how hard that will be.”
“This is definitely the best squad I’ve been a part of. Definitely! They’re just a great set of lads. It’s always a laugh in the changing rooms – with the management as well – and it’s nice to be so close to all of the supporters. I think that’s what makes Hemsworth so special. Having such a good connection with the fans: that’s what makes it what it is!”
“I’ve never actually been to another club but the lads say that nowhere is the same when you leave Hemsworth. I’d like to experience a different club but I can’t see it being any better than it is here.”
The Bootiful Game would like to thank Harry Viggars for his kind contribution to ‘HEM-ATH 360-Action All Areas.’