Meet The Crows Monday

Wide Receiver Craig Armitage

Welcome to Meet The Crows Monday – a weekly segment that brings the #CrowNation closer to the team.

Jealous/thankful that Nick Harris bore the brunt of the age jokes, this week sees The Crows’ true veteran stake his claim to the title.  A rare combination of lightening quick speed, phenomenal catching ability, and a receding hairline, it’s WR Craig Armitage.

Name: Craig Armitage
Position: Wide Receiver
Number: 17

How long have you been playing Flag Football?
I’ve played Flag with The Crows since its’ inception. Prior to that I played contact football for a period of approximately 10+ years. I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Spartans during their most successful period which saw them crowned British champions twice and then European Champions.
After that I retired and returned to my other love football (soccer) until I discovered Flag which gave me a route back into the game I’ve loved since being a kid.

How did you come to join the Manchester Crows?
I was looking for a way back into American Football and was considering coaching in some form with the Manchester Titans as I still had some contacts there from my Spartan days. However, was looking through the net for some links I came across some lad called Dave who was trying to set up a team that played a non contact version of American football called Flag. I wanted to improve my fitness and get back into Football. My age and work commitments precluded any chance of playing contact again and this seemed like a perfect fit.

If you weren’t playing Football, what sport would you be involved in?
Still play 5 a side and cycle occasionally but I can hear golf and crown green bowling calling my name.

What is your favourite pre-game meal?
Porridge/banana/syrup and a mug of tea. Mind you having the opposition CB on toast is preferable to all these!

What is your favourite cookie?
Choc chip the biscuit of Champions they’re not great for dunking though,

What is your favourite Manchester Crows photo?

The most underrated Crow is…
Skorn makes everything look easy – he just goes out and catches everything with the minimum of fuss. He suffers with the Paul Scholes syndrome though. He’s pretty reserved and therefore others grab the limelight. That said I think he is appreciated more and more and nobody on the Crows undervalues him.

Tal on a wider scale (nationally) has the ability to push his game to the next level. He’s not unappreciated by us but maybe the Flag nation needs to become more aware of his burgeoning talent.

The funniest moment from last season was…
Struggling with this one at the moment. I’m old and my memories shot! Did Phil try to play without flags in one game last year?

Which team(s) do you look forward to playing against?
We have an affinity with many teams none more so than our Yorkshire rivals the Sheffield Vipers. A great set of lads & lassies who play the game in the right spirit and always with a smile on their faces. Always competitive and always fair. A fixture to look forward to.

The Manchester Derby is also fun and the Sheffield Giants always provide a stern challenge. A challenge that hopefully we can overcome this year.

Which Crow has the worst pre-game routine?
Dave ‘I don’t do workouts’ Underwood! Mind you a certain OC we all know is prone to cut corners too.

An interesting fact about yourself?

I once bowled a perfect score at Ten Pin Bowling. 12 strikes, 300 points!

My goal for this season is…
I need to work on curbing my frustration and not dwell on mistakes and positive thoughts! And stop talking in the huddle, Vince Lombardi I am not!

Who is your NFL counterpart?
At my age it’s a toss up between Adam Vinatieri or Tom Brady! Kickers suck and I have been known to throw the pigskin around so I’ll go with Tom. Hopefully like Tom I’m getting better with age. I’m sure Mrs.A will be delighted with the Giselle comparison too!

Anyway, I must dash I’ve got some balls to deflate.