FROM great player to Ratepayer!
Former Blackpool FC player Dave Serella is swapping milk bottle tops for votes in next month's council elections.
The St Annes milkman has caught the election bug and has pledged to fight for youth issues when he bids to become a local councillor on May 3.
And just like in his playing days for 'Pool in the 80s, the 54-year-old will be on the defence for the Kilnhouse Ward seat he is hoping to score.
Dave will be standing for the Ratepayers in the council elections in two weeks time after speaking to a former councillor who urged him to go for election for issues he believes in the most.
Managing several youth football teams after spells at the Seasiders, Walsall and Nottingham Forest, Dave said the state of some of the pitches kids have to play on will be high on his political agenda.
But he admits that having not followed the political scene for a while, he is going into local politics not knowing what to expect.
The father-of-two, of Leach Crescent, said: "I have been involved in junior football for many years and have seen the state of some of the facilities.
"I make no bones about it, I'm not really into politics, I just stand up for what I believe in.
"In St Annes particularly, there are not a lot of sports facilities in the borough and I would like to see a lot more of them.
"I think if more people like me stood in the local elections, and stood for what they believed in, there would be a lot more interest in it.
"I'm not just interested in sports though.
"You only have to look around the streets to see kids sitting around drinking with nothing to do.
"There is a big problem with speeding on several roads around me which needs sorting out."
Dave played professionally for Blackpool between 1982 and 1984 after nine seasons with Forest and six with the Saddlers.
He retired due to a knee injury but became a milkman and manages several local soccer teams.
He added: "We have got to think about the future of our children and I think by standing for election, I am doing my bit. I will leave the finances to other councillors, I just want to do my bit for the community I live in."
n Other candidates for Kilnhouse ward include; Christine Akeroyd (Cons); Bob Fielding (Lib Dem); Christine Marshall (Lib Dem); William Prestwich (Cons); Roger Small (Cons) and Peter Stephenson (Lab).