Player Profile: John Palfreeman


How long have you been playing badminton?

Since I was 14. I won an inter schools medal and was hooked.

How long have you been a member of Farsley Celtic Badminton Club?

I joined in 1996 when my previous club Pudsey went into administration. The following year I was elected to Chairman of the club.

What appeals to you most about the game?

Being part of a team and keeping fit and active.

What do you enjoy most about the club nights?

The opportunity to encourage others to better themselves – and the banter.

What’s your favourite badminton shot?

Backhand clear, backhand drop, cross court return of serve, to name but three.

How different is competitive badminton to club night badminton?

No comparison. Club night is a good time to relax and practice.

What has been your competitive highlight so far?

Being part of the Great Farsley Celtic Gents team of the late 90s, winning four out of five Gents Division 1 titles.

Where would you like to see your game in two years’ time?

The same as now. I have two very good partners.

How much does badminton contribute to your overall fitness?

Probably about 90 percent. I go on my training bike for five minutes a night and sprint to keep up my fitness level.

How competitive are you? Do you want to win every game?

I am very competitive. I want to win most games, but you have to realise when the opposition is better.

Which player or players do you admire most at the club, and why?

Tough one – I think Dave and Lynda as they keep me in check during matches. They have a calming effect, almost laid-back!


So, what’s your court entry theme tune when you get to the Olympics?

‘Steamroller Blues’ by The King – does what it says on the label!

Who would play you in the badminton movie of your life – any why?

Elvis – he had it all for a short time.

Who is your club Nemesis? What is it about their game that you find difficult?

I don’t have one.

What part of Palfs’ game do you admire the most?

I am Palf – I admire all of my game.

If you could invent a rule change (however fantastical), what would it be?

No tipping of the shuttle – after a couple of hits it usually slows down anyway.

Who are you coming as in the next Farsley-does-fancy-dress competition?

A snowman in drag. It’ll be cool!


Do you participate in other sports? If yes, which ones?

Walking, but it’s not really a sport. I used to take part in crown green bowling and squash.

What’s your ideal post-badminton drink?

Any pint that’s hand-pulled.

How do you think the club could be improved?

More women members – numbers have been in decline for a few years now.

If you could choose anything, what would be your ideal social event with the club?

I like the idea of go-carting, a bite to eat and a few pints – in that order.

How do you wind down after a club night?

Usually a couple of pints and a chat in the club house if it’s open.