We first came into contact with Cole Lonsdale last September when he scored against us whilst playing for Clitheroe. It helped the Shawbridge outfit to a 2-0 victory at our expense.
After leaving Clitheroe, he held conversations with Danny and agreed to sign for Reds around Christmas time, making his debut at Colne in January.
Since then, he has been part of the squad every week featuring in eleven league fixtures and two cup matches. He has performed well in the games he has started and would have been given more pitch time had it not been for the consistency of others.
Cole learned his trade with Bolton Wanderers, playing for them up to U23 level, before switching to the non-league scene.
“When I spoke to Danny I was impressed with what I heard and I agreed to come training and, so far, it’s been a good decision and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“At the moment I have to try and make an impact from the bench and do all I can for the team but I enjoyed the games I started and it was pleasing to get my first ninety minutes in the tank.”
His versatility is an asset and he can perform in several positions, left back and centre midfield so far.
He played the full ninety minutes at Droylsden and considers that the best team performance of the games he has started. In contrast, he agrees with the majority of the lads and thought the defeat at Rambottom was our poorest display, certainly during his brief time at the club.
Cole has settled in quickly with the squad and enjoys the horseplay in the dressing room.
“Dav’s the comedian in there and you just hope it’s not your day to get terrorised off him. Team nights out are well organised and always a proper laugh with the lads.”
The Coronavirus has had a personal impact on Cole and he has been laid off from work for the next month at least.
“It’s important to get out of the house during the crisis, whether it is walking the dogs or doing fitness work. I also have space in the house to do gym work and fitness levels are as good as they can be in the circumstances.
“Danny has given us schedules with examples of running and exercising so I’m trying to stick to them.”
And on juggling the toilet roll he concludes, “The last time I attempted it, I got to fifteen before nearly breaking my foot by kicking the wall.”