Scott Davies.. Reading midfielder on loan at Wycombe Wanderers
Next up in our series of interviews is Reading midfielder Scott Davies. He is currently on loan at League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers. Scott has also represent the Republic of Ireland at under 21 level.
This article includes Shouts from the Stands new feature team mates, so you the fans can find the ins and outs of the dressing rooms.
You may have seen similar things on Premier side on TV but I am sure you would like to hear what goes on in your clubs.
The answers are completely as given by the players and not changed by me at all so you get the natural feel of listening to the players thoughts.
Full Name; Scott Davies
Date Of Birth; 10/03/88
Place Of Birth; Aylesbury
Height; 6 ft
Current Club; Reading (on loan to Wycombe Wanderers)
Position; Centre Midfield
GETTING TO KNOW Scott Davies
Most Famous Person On Your Mobile?
I’d say any of the Reading team, I guess, I couldn’t single one out!
What’s Guaranteed to Make You Mad?
Injuries, footballers worst nightmare!
Best place you’ve ever been too?
Dubai last year with my girlfriend
Favourite television program?
Who Was/Is your favourite Sportsman?
What Football team do you support?
Best film ever?
What would you sing on Stars in their eyes?
Seasons in the Sun by Westlife….Such a tune.
What’s your signature dish?
A nice lasagne!
You was signed by reading at a young age did you always know professional Football was your future or was it just a dream at this stage?
It was something that I knew I could achieve by being at an Academy at 14, but however at the same time felt so far away. Playing my first match for Reading I felt out of place and took a while to settle in. It just took time to believe that I was capable and good enough to play at that level.
You went out on loan to Yeading before you had ever played for Reading did you learn much plying your trade in the lower leagues?
I played two games for Yeading, one in the FA Cup and one in the league. It may be hard to believe but I found it very hard. Probably due to the physicality of the league in itself and not really knowing the players I was playing with.
You then spent two years at Aldershot Town and won the Blue Sq premier was this your biggest achievement in Football so far?
In terms of trophies yes, and experience yes. I feel that if I hadn’t gone out on loan to Aldershot I could have quite easily dropped further down the football pyramid now. I see former team mates that have fallen by the way side and didn’t want that to be me. I felt that it was a good opportunity to go out and experience first team football. You learn that it’s not just a match, it’s people lively hoods that you are playing for and that the importance of winning games was crucial.
You are currently out on loan again working under your former manager Gary Waddock, do you feel he gets the best out of you?
Yes without doubt. He takes the reigns off you and lets you go and express yourself, which some managers won’t allow. He doesn’t mind players trying things, whether it be a difficult pass or a skill. If you were to make a mistake, as long as you react afterwards there is no harm done. Whereas some managers want you to play in the way that they choose. Whether it be direct or be physical and so on.
You have made four league appearances for Reading but keep being loaned out, do you think you have a future at Reading?
It’s very difficult to say. At this moment in time, no. They have a very good squad at Reading and it would be very hard to breakthrough. I felt like I done well in the 4 league matches that I played and would love to be given another chance but can’t see that happening at this moment in time. But that’s football for you, I am just hoping that the games I’m playing on loan will do me well enough to justify getting a new contract elsewhere.
You started the first game of the 09-10 season for Reading did you then think you had made it at the club?
I believe you’ve made it after playing 100 or more games at the club. The 4 games in which I started were a dream come true and will never forget the feeling of walking out for my debut at the Madejski. It’s something you can’t buy, even if it was short lived.
Why do you think you got loaned out after playing a part in four early season games?
As a team at the time we weren’t performing well enough. We started the season with a very young squad and could say we paid the price for that. Having only played a few games, it was clear that changes were needed. When I was dropped it didn’t come as a surprise as the manager decided to go with experienced players. Something that I couldn’t help I guess having only played in League Two.
Do you feel at the moment the Championship is too tough for you?
In the least arrogant way, no. I felt like I found my feet in the opening game against Forest. It’s down to the opinion of the people that matter, so I couldn’t dictate my own future at the early part of the season. Being dropped was something I had to deal with and I felt that the best way in doing that was to carry on playing, which resulted in me going to Wycombe.
Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
Ideally I’d be playing at League 1 or above. Having played in league one it’s a very good league in which to play. The standard of football is excellent, along with the stadiums you get to play in.
Whilst on the topic of the future, let’s move forward 15 years time. Do you still wish to be involved in football or do you see yourself in a different career?
I’ve already thought about this. Doing an agents license is something that I have considered doing already. It’s a job that really does interest me and something that I would enjoy doing.
TEAM MATES with Scott Davies.
Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
Probably Kevin Besty. He’s not afraid of giving one of the lads an earful if he thinks they’ve done wrong!
The hard man of the group?
Dave Winfield.. He’s not scared of anything. Was cut below the eye a few couple of weeks ago, was stitched back up at half time and he was back out there bullying their centre forwards in the second half!
Who’s the quickest?
I’d have to say our 37 year old winger, he has an unbelievable turn of pace! Gareth Ainsworth
Kieran Murtgah, you don’t want to get too close to him in training or he’ll make you look like an absolute fool. Nutmegs are his speciality.
I can’t answer that one!
The joker/ funny man?
Erm, i’d probably have to say myself on that one, along with Nikki Bull. I enjoy his banter and he loves mine!
Who’s got the best banter?
Me and Scotty Rendell on away games are constantly trying to catch the lads out, whether it be buckets of water outside their doors, etc…!
12th best school in the country, me!
Lewis Montrose, top top lad however I’m not sure he went to school!
Worst taste in music?
Probably myself, my favourite lately being Cher Lloyd from X-Factors – Turn My Swag On!
Who chooses the CD on the team coach/ dressing room?
No music allowed! Fully focussed on the game
Worst dress sense?
I’d probably say the assistant manager Martin Kuhl. He’s a tough man, but when wearing a suit it just doesn’t look right!
I’d go for Scotty Rendell… he’s just a stiff lad! His top half can’t move!
Best and worse nicknames?
There is two…Tools (Anthony Stewart) At an under 15 game I am told that they were putting up a rope around the outside of the pitch that was held up by these poles. He suddenly pulled a hammer out of his bag from nowhere and started knocking the iron pole into the ground! And the worst must be Bullshark, (Nikki Bull)
who has told his daughter that is two years old that her name is Darcy Bull. When at gym class a few weeks back the lady read out the register, Darcy Bull? She replied that isn’t my name.. I am Darcy Bullshark!!
Who’s longest in the shower?
A lad in the youth team so I am told! He’s yet to move into the first team changing room!