Accrington’s Rommy Boco: ‘In China it was three sessions a day, every day’

27 January 2017 02:38
Accrington Stanley’s well-travelled midfielder gets another taste of the big time at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup but says his best experience was working nights in a bakery and then heading for training with ChesterfieldIt is difficult to imagine, as Rommy Boco sits in what the manager John Coleman ironically calls “the posh room” at Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium, but the midfielder once led where Oscar, Hulk and André Villas-Boas have followed and took the money at Shanghai SIPG. Made for life after football? Not quite. Prepared for it? Certainly, thanks to a bakery in Chesterfield, not a pay cheque from China.Shanghai was six years ago for Boco, one stop in a career that is the definition of well-travelled and rolls on to the Riverside on Saturday when Accrington face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. Now in his third spell with the League Two club, the 31-year-old has played in India, had three spells with Sligo Rovers – partly explaining an accent that is a hybrid of French, Irish and scouse – and signed for Chamois Niortais, Burton Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Havant and Waterlooville. There have also been 48 international appearances and three Africa Cup of Nations campaigns with Benin. Related: FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend I did night shifts in a bakery, 10pm to 6am, and trained after … it’s probably the best experience in my football career Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian