Lyness opened with his footballing beginnings
“As soon as I started playing I went in goal, I took to it.” We used to rotate positions but I just enjoyed being in goal and never really wanted to come out. I think the writing was on the wall from then really.”
“I wasn't always the tallest, but I loved being in goal. Throwing myself in front of the ball. They say you have got to be crazy and I think I was when I was younger.”
A lifelong shot-stopper Lyness talks about his inspirations.
“In football it was Peter Schmeichel. He stood out. I used to love watching him play and he is someone I still look up to.”
“You see the media work he does and I will listen to what he has to say. The way he analyses goalkeeping.”
“My Dad as well though. Even now I still speak to him before and after games. He gives me the right advice, often away from football, giving me reassurance and belief.”
Having played in the football league, the Boro keeper also takes pride in his youth international call up.
“When I was younger and at Birmingham, I was involved in the England youth setup. That was a proud moment, when you first get your international call up.”
But now with Nuneaton, Lyness’ hunger and desire remains as strong as ever.
“I want to win as many games as possible. We have to keep looking at the next game and doing everything we can to focus on getting a win, and then week after week.”
“We can then see where that takes us. That's the mentality we need to have.
Going into every single game trying to win it.”