Kyle McCleery

Ciara Crawford
16th November 2018
Jonathan Cathcart
9th October 2018
    Debut season for Lisbellaw as a player:

    I think it was 2001/02, I remember my first match was a 3-0 defeat away to Churchtown. I won a penalty early on but Striker Howe blazed it over the bar! I was 15 and played in every single game that season, including a run to the Junior Cup quarter final where we lost 1-0 to Derryhirk at Drumad, Paul Gamble scoring an own goal.

    Proudest moment at Lisbellaw United:

    Possibly being part of the squad that won the first Mercer League after a 30-odd year wait. Paul McGraths goal against Strathroy was an absolute cracker the night we won it, and one I will never forget. Then big Ray Carroll scored a thumping header in the last minute as we won 3-2 after going down to 10 men in the first half! Scenes!!!

    Previous Clubs:

    Started with Lisbellaw then moved to Glenavon when I was 17. Had spells with Dungannon, Ballinamallard, Brantwood, Ards and Dergview, before returning to Lisbellaw. The only club I regret not signing for is Coagh United! But you can’t be in two places at once!

    Best player ever played with:

    Gary Bownes, Dungannon. A really, really gifted player. Just made it look so effortless. Rodney McAree different class too. Great passer of the ball.

    Best player ever played against:

    Probably Gary Hamilton when he was at Glentoran. Or else Sebastian Lichtsteiner, who I played against at the Milk Cup. He’s currently the captain of Switzerland. It was an eye opener trying to keep up with him!!

    What team do you support?

    Lisbellaw United.

    Favourite ever player:

    I have to say George Best of course. I love watching highlights of him. I remember recording his 50th Birthday programme on TV when I was about 10 and I watched it that many times the tape gave up! But I had a real notion of Dwight Yorke for a long time.

    Favourite film:

    Braveheart. I also like The Departed, Snatch, Wolf of Wall Street, Edward Scissorhands and American Beauty.

    Favourite music/band:

    Coldplay are my favourite. But also Radiohead, RHCP & George Ezra. Mumford & Sons, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, anything really! Kings of Leon probably best band I have ever seen live!

    Are you reading a book/watching a TV Series at the minute:

    Not a big TV addict, but I like Peaky Blinders. At the minute I just finished Keith Gillespies autobiography, and now I am reading a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad.

    What do you like to do to relax?

    Go to the gym.

    What is you catchphrase/motto:

    The person who gave 100% has no regrets. Or “Go with the flow”. Myself and Katy Perry have matching tattoos on our inner bicep of this phrase. Also admire Keith Gillespies matra of "win or lose, we're on the booze!!"

    What is your pet hate as manager?

    Bad attitude / poor body language.

    If you could invite 5 people to a dinner party (dead or alive) who would they be?

    Donald Trump, George Best, Adolf Hitler, Katy Perry and Anna Kournikova – so long as she doesn’t make too much of a racket!!.

    Name:

    Kyle McCleery

    Role:

    1st Team Manager

    Length of time in current role:

    Just a few months!