Bank Holiday Monday saw Dartford host Dover Athletic at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park. Goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney featured in our matchday programme that day. For those who missed that feature, here is the full article:

SECTION ONE

Mitchell Beeney arrived at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park during the off-season in a move which offered the goalkeeper an opportunity he couldn’t refuse… “I signed for Dartford because it was an opportunity that I couldn’t say no to Chris.”

Clearly in high spirits and feeling very well at the time of our discussion, Mitchell continues… “After speaking to Dowse, it was very clear to me that I wanted to be a part of what he wants to achieve here at the club. I’m fully on board with his ideas and ambitions.”

Since we’re on the subject of the club, what would the goalkeeper like to say to the supporters?

“I’d just like to say that I’m delighted to be here at Dartford, and thank you all for the warm welcome since my arrival. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of you throughout the season.”

With the 2023-24 National League South season well underway now, free time isn’t something that’s available for most footballers within the sport, but especially for those playing at this level. And, this 27-year-old goalkeeper is no different, as he confesses to me that between playing, training, and work, he doesn’t have time to do anything interesting… “It’s been all focus on playing, training, and work Chris!”

Of course, we’re all aware of the difficulties that footballers face when trying to balance their health and well-being with life outside of the sport. But, does a goalkeeper have it any easier than outfield teammates?

“It’s very hard to keep on top of things, especially with work and family life. But, we train twice a week and most people within the football environment know what to eat. We know how to maintain a healthy diet. Of course, there are times after games when we all like to relax a little bit… we all like to enjoy our weekends.”

He continues, “With training twice a week, Jim (Stannard) pushes me very hard during the sessions. That helps an awful lot. Plus, whenever I get a spare few minutes at home, I’ll try to do a few little things to help me… like stretching and preparing my body for training as best as I can.”

Today’s preparations can determine tomorrow’s achievements… a statement that could easily sum up Mitchell’s mind-set. With the new number one maintaining his levels of fitness, clean sheets are sure to follow and, with that, a push for those play-off positions or, dare I say it, the number one spot!

SECTION TWO

Faith or Superstition?

I wouldn’t say I have any faiths or superstitions but, a little thing for me, is that I like to touch the crossbar before the game kicks off.

Best Memory?

Being on the bench for Chelsea in the Premier League against Liverpool in Steven Gerrard’s last game against the Blues.

Biggest Influence In Your Career?

This will be my parents. I’ve been pushed by them a lot. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without their help.

Best Goal Scored/Save Made?

(Yes, this shot-stopper has scored the odd goal!) I can’t think of a favourite save to be honest, but my penalty last season in the Essex Senior Cup for Concord Rangers is my best goal scored!

Most Under-Rated Player You’ve Played With?

A lad called Charlie Colkett. He plays for Crewe Alexandra at the moment. I believe he was technically one of the best players I have seen… Left foot, right foot, you name it, he could do it!

Most Under-Rated Player You’ve Played Against?

Carlton Morris. I think he plays for Luton Town now (He does). When we were growing up in the academy systems, he was always very difficult to play against and didn’t get the plaudits he deserved.

Biggest Influence In The Dressing Room?

Probably Luke Coulson.

If you were to be involved with a five-a-side tournament, and had to select the best players you have played against, which five players would you choose?

Probably going back a few years to my Academy days, but in training playing against the likes of Frank Lampard (Retired), John Terry (Retired), Eden Hazard (unattached), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), and Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa).

By Chris Palmer