Banner image

Author

James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, August 31st 2018

Well Red meets: Niki Mäenpää

Niki has been thrown straight into first-team football, having featured in every minute of Championship action this season, so Well Red sits down to catch up with the club’s Finnish shot-stopper.

What is your assessment of the start to our season?

"We have only one point from our first two games at home so we have to change that. We need to make Ashton Gate a hard place for other people to come to.

"Our mindset has to be on taking the three points against Blackburn Rovers but it will be a tough game, they are all difficult games in the Championship.

"It’s a good league with good teams and we know we have to be at our best to compete with everyone else."

Even someone as experienced as yourself, do you still learn new things about your position?

"Of course, people are always learning every day.

"There’s nothing different about being a goalkeeper even at 33 I am learning from different coaches’ methods and picking up new things to always improve. Learning doesn’t stop for anybody.

Who do you look up to, who were your idols growing up?

"When I was young I looked up to Peter Schmeichel but I really like the modern style of goalkeepers too, like Iker Casillas.

"He had an amazing career at Real Madrid and I enjoyed watching him play. I was pleased to meet him a couple of times and exchange shirts too so that was good.

What do you make of football back in Finland?

"Well it has been some time since I moved away but it has improved, it’s heading in the right direction but I don’t follow it that much.

"I know it’s still not the biggest sport in Finland, it’s behind ice hockey which gets a bigger following, more media attention and we have had more success in ice hockey so maybe that’s why football is second or third choice.

"There is still a lot of work to do but it is getting there slowly."

Mäenpaää in action

Bristol City return to Sky Bet Championship action at home to Blackburn Rovers this Sunday (September 31st, 1.30pm).

Tickets remain on general sae for the fixture, available from the link below.

CITY V Blackburn - TICKETS

This is a preview from inside the next Well Red matchday programme - available to buy from around Ashton Gate for just £3.50

Be sure to pick up a copy of the matchday programme for the full interview, complete with Augmented Reality features when used with the new and free official Bristol City app, which can be downloaded through Google Play or the App Store.

Latest News

Live: Bristol City v QPR

Live: Bristol City v QPR

Posted: Saturday, March 6th 2021

Matthews set for spell on the sideline

Matthews set for spell on the sideline

Posted: Saturday, March 6th 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: QPR (H)

MansionBet Match Preview: QPR (H)

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021

Pearson hits 500 mark – with eyes only on The Rs

Pearson hits 500 mark – with eyes only on The Rs

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

LIVE! Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

LIVE! Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears

Follow all the action LIVE from Sixways Stadium as Bristol Bears face Worcester Warriors in round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Posted: Saturday, March 6th 2021 • Rugby

Report: Saracens Women 53-7 Bristol Bears Women
Rugby icon

Report: Saracens Women 53-7 Bristol Bears Women

Defeat on the road for Bristol Bears Women as Saracens inflict a heavy loss at the StoneX Stadium.

Posted: Saturday, March 6th 2021 • Rugby

Match preview: Worcester Warriors (a) - Gallagher Premiership
Rugby icon

Match preview: Worcester Warriors (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 12 Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors, in our Big Match Preview.

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby

Bristol Flyers - XLedger 'Top 5' plays of the month - February 2021
Basketball icon

Bristol Flyers - XLedger 'Top 5' plays of the month - February 2021

Check out some one the best Bristol Flyers moments from February of the 2020/21 BBL regular season, presented by XLedger.

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Basketball

Bears All Access: Inside Callum Sheedy's kicking preparation
Rugby icon

Bears All Access: Inside Callum Sheedy's kicking preparation

Go behind the scenes at Callum Sheedy's weekly kicking preparation ahead of the Bears clash with Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium.

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby