Tony Sweeney has no plans for testimonial just yet

Antony Sweeney flicks the ball on past Jack Colback during Ritchie Humphreys testimonial game against Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney flicks the ball on past Jack Colback during Ritchie Humphreys testimonial game against Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID
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PROUD Antony Sweeney was touched by the support shown to close friend Ritchie Humphreys but has played down talk of his own testimonial.

The popular midfielder has been at the club for every one of Humphreys’ 10 seasons, but admits he is far more comfortable on the pitch rather than being in the spotlight off it.

The pair have become good pals over the past decade and Sweeney was delighted to see such recognition for his friend during last night’s testimonial as nearly 6,000 fans turned out.

“It was a great turn out and a brilliant night,” he said following the 3-1 defeat against Sunderland.

“He picked the right side to play against with the support they brought and it made for a good game.

“Ritchie deserves it massively, what more can you say that has not been said already.

“There are players out there with much more ability than both me and Humphs but struggle to get clubs because they do not keep themselves right.

“He is massively into that and that is the reason he is still playing and still up there with the fitness charts, by just looking after himself.

“He trains exactly the same way, whether it be a Monday or a Friday.”

He added: “Ritchie has always been the focal point of the team, the ‘go-to man’ for going to the manager or the chairman or the chief executive.

“He has always taken that upon himself to be the main man and he deserves his big night.”

But when asked whether his own testimonial would be taking place any time soon, Sweeney came back: “I don’t think so.

“I think with things like last night you have got to be that type of person that enjoys being centre stage.

“It was not only last night but Ritchie has done talk-ins and dinners too.

“That is not really my cup of tea to be honest. I prefer to just get on with it.

“But you never know, for now though I’m happy doing what I am week-in, week-out.”

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