Where are they now: Phil Martin interview

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This week we had the pleasure of speaking to one of Hashtag’s originals, Phil Martin, and asked him everything from his greatest moment at the club to what he’s up to nowadays. There’s also a brilliant story down the bottom that’s not to be missed!

How did you get involved with Hashtag United and why did you leave?

“I joined just before Hashtag became Hashtag. I played in a friendly game for Spencer FC, and was there from the very start and for the next couple of years.

“I left because unfortunately the travel was too much for me; I was living 75 miles away. When they brought Devs in and starting talking about becoming professional it was too much, especially at my age now.”

What was your best memory?

“The best memory is really easy – the Wembley Cup. Playing, starting, winning, scoring. Every boy’s dream when they start playing football is to play at Wembley. We had 35,000 there, with friends, family, supporters calling your name. It was magical – the day itself I’ll never forget from start to finish.

“…and we got another one on Steven Gerrard; that’s 2-0 Hashtag.”

What are you up to these days? Are you still playing?

“I work in medical sales. I’m an area sales manager for a company that sells instruments like microscopes for eye surgery. Not very glamorous but it pays the bills.

“I played a few games for a village team last year for a laugh. Work means it’s hard to play a good standard of football anymore. I play every now and again, when I can. I actually qualify for vets football, which is scary and sad, I suppose. I might play a bit of vets football with my mates – over 35s – and I’ll be the youngest guy on the team.

“I live up in Buckingham and we’re currently doing a big project to renovate the house, to make it our dream home, which is exciting.”

Do you get along to watch any games?

“I come and watch 2-3 games per season. I still talk to a lot of the boys and some of the new lads that I never played with – I speak to Lee Hursit and Harry Honesty quite a lot. I try and get down as much as I can, but now they’ve moved to Tilbury it’s even further: 100 miles from my house so I have to pick the games I go to carefully.

“I’d absolutely love to be involved, but unfortunately time isn’t on my side.”

Is there a possibility of a Hashtag return in the future?

“Never say never. Richo is flying the flag to carry on playing at a more mature age. We’ll see. I don’t think Devs needs me right now – his midfield with Ricky and Lee is absolutely brilliant, I don’t think I’d be able to get back into that, but I’d love to.

“Fingers crossed they do a hashtag vets team – there are a few of us knocking on that door!”

Do you have any funny stories from your time at the club?

“Every time I turned up for a game it was just hilarious. Everybody was joking and getting on, which is really strange considering there were so many different people from so many different walks of life. It was a great laugh and great fun. They were all top top boys.

“If I had to name one stand out moment, it was Daniel Adjei’s trousers when we went to Spain. He was wearing these trousers he got from work…

“These trousers were shin-burners and everyone was ripping him for wearing them. But Dan always had a smile on his face, he was the most upbeat man you’ll ever see. He’d just laugh every single time and carried on wearing them to spite us.

“It was a laugh a minute with the Hashtag boys and something I genuinely do miss.”

READ MORE: Take a look at what Hashtag OG Rich Beck is up to these days.

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