We interviewed Sky Bet League Two’s Walsall FC kitman Marc Roe who is currently giving Joe Wicks a run for his money by running “Kitman Keeps Us Moving” sessions from his garden live in the clubs Facebook page!
Every weekday at 10am Marc who is a qualified personal trainer does a fun range of dancing workouts to help people physically and mentally during this difficult lockdown period.
Below we asked Marc some questions about what’s it’s like to be a kitman for Walsall FC.
Who are you Kitman for and how long have you been in the position?
“I’m the kit man for walsall fc and have held the position since September 2019 after taking over the roll from previous retired kit man.”
How did you get your current role?
“I had been assisting the club as a sports therapist for two seasons prior to being offered the role.”
Have you had any previous experience?
“None what so ever. What caught the team managers eye was the way I conducted my own personal business.”
Is it a role you’ve always wanted to do?
“It wasn’t the role I set out to do.”
What are your responsibilities as a Kitman?
“The role is a vital part to the business, you have the responsibility to ensure all players are both training and game ready. All kit & equipment is maintained.”
Do you have a catchup with the opposing Kitman prior to or after kickoff?
“Yeah most games. But only if we have the chance to. Game days are really busy.”
Have you had any certain players have special kit requirements?
“A majority of players have their special requirements or lucky attire, you don’t really think about it. Just make sure it’s there.”
Do you get any input on the clubs kit designs?
“Absolutely. You couldn’t know your role if your not privy to all the information.”
Do you own any football shirts, if so how many and what’s the most treasured shirt you own?
“I don’t. The ironic thing is I’m not a football supporter, I’m a rugby lad. But I’ll always support our lads.”
Do you get to keep shirts from your club or opponents?
“Yeah if we ask for them.”
What in your opinion is the best football kit of all time?
“As I mentioned, I don’t watch it.”
Have you made any errors like, forgot the kit or bought the wrong kit?
“Everyone has. My first week I forgot a few small things but I’m a fast learner.”
What happens to the kit at the end of the season?
“I don’t know, I’ve not completed a season in the role.”
What’s been your proudest moment as a Kitman?
“I’ve been given a chant, when I’m on the pitch before the game. It always makes me smile.”
What characteristics do you need to be a Kitman?
“The ability to never rest. Joking aside, you need focus and commitment. A sense of humour helps!”
What’s the funniest kit related story you can tell us that has happened to you or you have witnessed?
“I brought in a rather large pair of comedy under pants and placed them into a players gear. Got a good laugh from the lads.”
Who does the laundry at home?
“The wife. It would be like a bus man’s holiday otherwise.
Finally, why do you love being a Kitman?
“I love working with the physio (one of the best) and would one day like to convert to the medical department. The banter is also brilliant in the club.”
Thanks to Marc for taking part in the Q&A. Please checkout Marc’s workouts on the official Walsall FC Facebook page at 10am every weekday.