Spotlight - Alan Footman

Name:                                        Alan Footman

 

Nickname:                                  Footy

 

Age:                                           61

 

Education (School, Tertiary):

Bergvliet Primary School, SACS High School, University of Stellenbosch

 

Rugby or sporting background:

Rugby : Club 1st XV’s; Waterpolo: SA Universities and Western Province; Athletics: Western Province.

 

Clubs played for:

False Bay RFC, Defence Force, University of Stellenbosch

 

Position played:

Fullback and Flyhalf

 

Rugby philosophy:

Play the game for the sake of the game, do the basics correctly, the rest will look after itself

Life philosophy:

Live life to the fullest, you never know when it will be taken away from you.

 

Rugby highlight as a player:

Pulling the Maroon Matie jersey on for the first time. Running out with Doc Jones for the Bergvliet Primary U12 A XV

 

Rugby highlight in your role:

Getting 44 players out on the field on a Friday night – “Friday Night Lights”

 

Favourite Club Player:

(that I played against) – Peter Whipp, I still have “whiplash” looking for him as he ghosted past me!!.

(that I played with) – Peter Kirsten

 

  

Favourite Coach:

John Badenhorst (SACS 1st team coach)

 

Family background:

Dad played many sports, rugby and boxing his favourites, my greatest supporter and “critic”. My brother played a good game of hockey, Mom was a great supporter (hated watching rugby, got bored with athletics – got through a lot of knitting!, did not understand waterpolo, but was there to support whatever we were getting up to.

 

How do you chill?

Out at the backline at Surfers corner

 

What are your aspirations for the Bay?

To continue growing as a club and remain at the top, while entertaining the supporters.

 

What is it about the Bay that inspires you?

The brotherhood that filters amongst all the members, no matter if you are a 1st/2nd/3rd XV player, Baabaa/Baybarian/FIFO, U20, Old Crock or just an “Old Fart”.

 

Who at False Bay inspires you?

The boys down in the Baabaas and Baybarian XV’s

 

What do you do to relax or what are your interests outside of rugby?

Surf, Golf, Hiking, drinking an ice cold Windhoek Draught after a good win (if the Bay Restaurant has on tap!) and a candle lit dinner with my wife.