MICHAEL Barton has been a mainstay in the local football scene on both sides of the border for the past two decades.

From his goalkeeping days with Shrewsbury Town and Newtown to a successful managerial career with spells at Llanidloes Town, Guilsfield and Four Crosses and his current role at the helm of Salop Leisure League side Morda United.

Barton shares his career highs and lows with the County Times.

What was the biggest achievement in your Welsh football playing career?

“I suppose biggest achievements in Welsh football were playing in Uefa Cup with Newtown in 96 and 98. Fantastic games against Skonto Riga and Wisla Krakow.”

What was the biggest disappointment in your Welsh football playing career?

“Biggest disappointment was leaving TNS when I did. Never gave it a good enough of a go.”

Biggest inspiration in your career?

“My biggest inspiration was my parents who took me all the over the country with my football.

“Looking back now I probably never thanked them enough.”

Best ground you ever played at?

“Probably The Hawthorns West Brom whilst at Shrewsbury.”

Most difficult opponent?

“Steve Woods at Ebbw Vale and Ken Mckenna both loved smashing a keeper.”

Most memorable match?

“My football league debut for Shrewsbury Town vs West Brom. Other than that I’d say Newtown’s games in Europe.”

Advice to a young player?

“Work hard on your game and listen to your coaches.”