Leyton Orient goalkeeper, Glyn Garner, is hoping for a repeat of his team ' s FA Cup giant killing of Fulham earlier this month, in Saturday ' s much anticipated fourth round clash at Charlton.
Speaking to Swansea Institute Press Officer, Gareth Lewis, earlier this week, Glyn reminisced of his fond memories as a student at Swansea Institute as well as talking about his career as a professional footballer.
Glyn, who is from Cwmbran, graduated from the Institute in 1999 with a BA Honours in Sports and Leisure Management. He commented: " I spent 4 and a half years living in Mount Pleasant and have great memories of studying at the Institute. I ' m glad that I got my degree and if I didn ' t make it as a footballer I probably would have become a PE teacher or a coach.
" In my final year as a student I had numerous offers from professional clubs but I was adamant that I wanted to finish my degree first. When I graduated I signed for Bury FC where I have been playing until the start of this season, " he added.
Glyn explained his reasons for his transfer to Leyton Orient as a new start and a fresh challenge, and what a season it has proved to be so far. Leyton Orient currently lie in fourth place in league two, pushing for promotion, and have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Glyn described his third round penalty save against Premiership team Fulham, as the highlight of his career so far, and acknowledged he is beginning to make a habit of it after saving another penalty in Orient ' s 2-1 win over Wrexham last Saturday.
" My record on penalties has been very good in the past few years, and for a goalkeeper, saving a penalty is the closest thing to scoring a goal in terms of the emotion that you feel, " said Glyn.
Looking ahead to Saturday ' s match at Charlton, Glyn explained how everyone is looking forward to the game and is not worried about facing Premiership opposition again.
" The pressure is on Charlton not us, we play in league two every week and it will be more of an upset for them if they lose! "
Glyn also talked briefly about his time as goalkeeper for Llanelli and playing under Swansea ' s legendary Robbie James, Leighton James and Wyndham Evans. He also mentioned how he still follows the Swans and is always looking out for their results on a Saturday afternoon.
" All my family and most of my friends live in South Wales so it would be nice to come back and play in Wales one day, " he concluded.