Glynn: “I want to play until I can’t play no more!”

Ahead of Dunmow Town’s inaugural season in the Essex & Suffolk Border League, Lee Glynn decided he wanted to join the club. Having grown fond of the great town after living there for a decade, he felt it was right for his next move in the game. “I wanted to get involved with Dunmow Town because I have been living in the area for nearly 10-years and I felt the vision the Chairman had was very exciting” said the Forward.

Being of a wise age meant Lee had spent plenty of time playing football for some big clubs throughout London and Essex. His experience on the field would only bolster the quality of Dunmow as they sought promotion. “I’ve played for numerous clubs being nearly 40,” he said. “Dagenham & Redbridge, Ilford, Barking, Basildon United, Takeley, Horndean, Hornchurch, Barnston, Bishop Stortford Swifts, to name a few.”

Ahead of the new season, Lee had his targets in mind. “Our targets as a team is promotion first of all. We are aiming for four promotions in 4-seasons, a bit like the class of 92” he joked. “As a striker, I was to score 15-20 goals. As a forward, you always want to score and have that belief you will.”

Since September, Glynn had featured 8-times for the club while scoring 2-goals, but he wasn’t as pleasured as he would hope. Dunmow Town had brought plenty of quality and youth to the club so it was always tough as one of the older figureheads in the team. “It’s not the start I wanted. Not starting a number of games due to the quality in the team and how young the lads are. Any chance I have had, I have taken and impacted games I’ve played. Once the season gets going again, I expect to give the young lads a run for their money as I have been keeping fit and sharp.”

Had the season not been stop-start, he may have had more chances and a better goal tally to his name but the pandemic had meant no one could get a good run of games. The second National Lockdown in the New Year meant it would be March, at the earliest, they would get another chance to play football but even then, a Null & Void decision was stirring. Glynn’s focus, if that was to happen, was to concentrate on the new season [2021/22] but he didn’t want to think that far. “The lockdowns have affected everyone but with myself, I have been keeping busy with work and running 5km each day. Keeping focused on how lucky we are to still be here and breathing. It has taught me not to take anything for granted.”

“If the season is null & void, then we go again for the new season. Life without playing football is not an option for me as it [playing] keeps my mental health at bay, however, with this pandemic, we have to put our views and feelings aside to help get through this for the better. Null and void the season. Beat COVID and start pre-season friendlies again ready for the new season in August.”

Lee had become a mental health mentor and felt it was important that people spoke about their feelings. His idea of keeping busy through everyday activities such as work and running, was very important to a lot of people. “As a mentor of mental health, it’s so important to be able to talk about they are feeling without being judged. I learnt this at a young age when I tried to commit suicide at 17 because I was ashamed on how I was feeling. This has taught me people will listen. Being in lockdown plays on your state of mind and mental health, so you have to keep active and your mind stimulated because if you don’t, that”s when dark thoughts happen.”

Playing non-league football was another way to keep his mind stimulated but that wasn’t possible with the restrictions. He loved the lower leagues. “I love how competitive it [non-league] is,” he explained. “There is not a lot of difference between Step 5-7 with some teams and I love being in a battle on the pitch. The fans are very passionate even if it’s 2 or 100 watching. Twitter has also exploded with support of non-league football.”

Like every athlete, he had goals and ambitions within the game. For Glynn, he wanted to play until it wasn’t possible anymore. “My ambitions, in the short term, is to help Dunmow Town achieve their visions of reaching Step 4/5 football and to play until I can’t play no more. Once I stop playing, I want to manage and I feel I have the football knowledge and management skills to manage at a high non-league level for now. We all have to start somewhere.”

For Dunmow as a club, they had huge ambitions. Although they were only in their first season and we playing at Step-7 of the National League System, they wanted to reach higher levels. Lee felt they would be able to achieve this in their targeted time. “Any team with the right attitude, desire, dedication, application, togetherness and ability can achieve success. I really do believe Dunmow Town can be playing in the National League in six to eight years time.”