Category: Interviews


By Tony Alvarez

Following up on our series of interviews with Table Tennis players, i have conducted an interview with the World number 2 in paralympic band 7. I wanted to find out how he trains and what difficulties he had in his life. If you have anything you would like to know leave the questions as a comment and i will forward them to the man himself.

I hope you enjoy

PLAYER PROFILE
Full name; William John Bayley
Date of birth; 17/01/88
Place of birth; Poole
Height; 5;8
Current club; National Centre (York gardens)
GETTING TO KNOW ‘Will Bayley’

Most famous person on your mobile?

Ummmmm no one to be honest,, were all about as unknown as each other.

What’s guaranteed to make you mad?

People moaning about how much of a struggle life is.

Best place you’ve ever been too?

Rio de Janeiro or Las Vegas

Favourite television program?

Sky Sports News

Who was/is your favourite sportsman?

Ali, best sportsman that’s ever lived and inspirational in his belief in himself and the way he put it across.

Best Film Ever?

 Forrest Gump, I like the way he overcomes a lot and turns out to be very successful against all odds.
Who would you sing on stars in your eyes?  

Ummmm I think Kanye West, I could pull it off.

What’s your signature dish?

Chicken and rice surprise.

Favourite drink?

 J20 orange and passion fruit

Career questions

For those who don’t know you you’re a Paralympian having competed in Beijing, What class do you play in? What are the specifications for this class?

I play in class 7 which usually means the restriction of 2 limbs, in my case I have all 4 limbs affected. Sometimes classification is flexible to how well you can cope with your disability. My disability is arthrogryposis which stiffens all 4 joints and restricts movement in them.

You have competed in the Paralympics, how did it feel to play in the World’s biggest multi sports games?

1 word AMAZING, I want more, I train everyday to achieve in my career as best I can,, but without a medal in a Paralympics my career will always be missing something, I could win every international competition with every player in the world competing, but without a Paralympic medal it would count for very little in my opinion, I judge players on major success not international success. 

What’s been the best moment of your career so far, of course playing in the Paralympics is huge, is it bigger than winning international events?

Playing in the Paralympics was a truly great experience. However I was very young and even more inexperienced. I think winning 3 international tittles last year was amazing. And to be world ranked no2 is a great achievement and deserved.

You have overcome so much in your life so far, as you have had such huge pressures off the table do you feel there is no pressure on the table?

 As a young boy growing up I overcame cancer and was given a 50% chance of survival at the age of 7 so I forgot about my disability and concentrated on getting better. I feel all that has helped me achieve in sport as I no I can push harder than anyone else and dig deeper when I need to. Pressure is just a word and everyone feels pressure at a time in there life or at a competition but I feel you can use it in a positive way and you know your opponent is feeling just as pressured as you if not more.

What was the lowest moment of your career so far?

In 2007 I was re classified from being the best player in class 6 to being an average class 7 player it was a hard time for me! It’s taken me 3 years to get my ranking and standard up to what it was in the previous class.
 
As you have been so dedicated to table tennis do you ever feel you missed out on a social life or growing up like a “normal” kid?
 Sometimes I feel it might have done, but it’s worth it when you win things, there is no feeling like it, I am hungry for 2012. Then hopefully I can live the rest of my life as a champion.


Your currently 2nd in the world, do you find it a shame that you can be the 2nd best in the World at something and the average person doesn’t know who you are?


 Not really I feel there are loads of people that deserve credit and publicity, i.e. soldiers, doctors, nurses they deserve it more than I do.

 

Where do you see yourself in say, four years time?

Preparing to go into the Rio Olympics as the raining champ!
 
Whilst on the topic of the future, let’s move forward 20 years time. Do you still wish to be involved in Table Tennis or do you see yourself in a different career?
 To be honest I feel it is very difficult to make money out of being a Paralympic athlete in table tennis. I feel the sponsors are no were near as supportive as they are to able bodied athletes and the RESPECT is not there its very sad but very true. So no matter what I achieve I will probably not ever make a living out of it although that is the dream.
Is it possible for you to make a living out of Table Tennis or will you need another job along side Table Tennis?
 As I have just explained it is very hard to make a living out of Paralympic table tennis, I mean If I was 250 in the world in able bodied sport I would probably get more sponsorship deals than I do being world no2 in Paralympic sport but that’s life. I think it’s great that sports get support in able bodied competition I just feel it should be fairer but I am very biased. So yeah I will need a job to support my career in the future although at the moment all my focus is on training for London 2012.

You have obviously worked hard to get to where you are, what sort of training do you do?
 I train 6 hours per day in Sheffield institute of sport. We also do physical training and footwork training.

How many times a week do you train and how long is each session generally?

Mainly 2 times per day for 3 hours a time.
 
Do you do both physical and on the table training?

Yes I think its important, I think if you feel fitter stronger faster than the other player you will have a mental edge.
 
You previously trained at Filton academy in Bristol, but are now at the national academy in Sheffield, How much of an influence was Filton on your career?

 I currently train in Sheffield and have done for 1 year, Bristol was amazing for me and I loved it, Kevin Satchill was an inspirational coach and I cannot thank him enough for what he was done for me. It was the 1st time I’ve moved away from my family and he was a father to me, hopefully I will repay him one day with Olympic gold.
 
Thank you for your time we wish you all the best in the future.

 

Our second Table Tennis player interview is with England international Liam Pitchford.

Liam is currently playing in both Germany, you may of seen him on the BBC earlier in the year competing in the Commonwealth games.

This article includes Shouts from the Stands new feature team mates, so you the fans can find the ins and outs of the national side.

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; Liam Benjamin Pitchford
Date Of Birth; 12/07/1993
Place Of Birth; Chesterfield
Height; 178cm
Club(s): FC Tegernheim (Germany)

GETTING TO KNOW Liam Pitchford
Most famous person on your mobile?

No one really, probably Gavin Evans haha.

what’s guaranteed to make you mad?

Losing at any type of game especially Call Of Duty.

Your favourite hobby outside of Table Tennis?

That’s a tough one but I spend a lot of time on the Playstation so it would have to be that.

Best place you’ve ever been too?

Hong Kong or Colombia.

Favourite television programs?

Family Guy or Misfits.

Who was/Is your favourite Sportsman?

Lance Armstrong because of his determination and dedication.

Best film ever?

The Shawshank Redemption.

What song would you sing on Stars in their eyes?

The Beatles – Let it Be.

What’s your signature dish?

I don’t really cook the best I do is heat up some pasta.

Favourite drink?

Rubicon Passion fruit.

Do you have any other talents?

There’s too many to think of haha!

Career questions
You have had some highs in your short career so far, what was the best moment?

My win against Gao Ning at the commonwealths was a nice feeling but just being able to step on the podium was probably the best moment.

What was the lowest moment?

Losing in the semis of singles at the cadet Europeans in Terni.

Do you feel pride that at such a young age you have a silver medal in both the commonwealth games and the English national championships or disappointment that is was only silver and not gold?

Obviously it was disappointing but I looked a lot at my game after nationals and had time to work on it and at the commonwealths I think I was a different player, I was a little disappointed after the team final but when we were on the podium it just felt amazing.

It was always clear that you had a talent for table tennis, but you seemed to have a rapid rise to become one of the best seniors in the country, how did that happen?

 I work hard and always believe in myself.

As you have been so dedicated to table tennis do you ever feel you missed out on a social life or growing up like a “normal” kid?

I had quite a normal life until I was 16 because I was still in full time education so it was not too bad but now I am used to not having a lot of social time because of full time Table Tennis.

Who’s been the biggest influence on your career?

Colin Deaton was a great help and his wife Sandra still is, unfortunately he couldn’t be here to see me in the England senior team, he will be greatly missed. I also have my parents to thank for all the travelling they put in, in my early career playing 4 stars.

You have had the massive victory with Gao Ning live on BBC, do you find yourself getting recognised by people now?

When I am at home I get recognized sometimes but not anywhere outside of chesterfield as of yet.

How do you cope with more people recognising you, and having a new found popularity?

It’s nice to be recognised but I am not that big yet so im still fully focused on improving.

Where do you see yourself in say, four years time?

 I see myself still playing at a high level and I am aiming to keep moving up the world rankings and possibly ill be inside the top 50 by then.
Whilst on the topic of the future, let’s move forward 15 years time. Do you still wish to be involved in Table Tennis or do you see yourself in a different career?

 I would hope to see myself still involved in table tennis.

If you still see yourself involved in Table Tennis what do you see yourself doing?

I would only be 32 so hopefully i could still be playing to a high level, if not i would like to go to coaching.

Team Mates (you can include the girls or just anyone at sheffield Darius said Rumgay for some answers etc)

Who is the biggest moaner?

Darius haha he can moan about everything

The hard man of the group?

Gavin Evans or so he thinks

Who’s the quickest?

On the table possibly me and in sprinting Paul Drinkhall

Most talented?

Paul Drinkhall he’s very sporty.

The joker/ funny man?

Gavin Rumgay with his funny banter.

Most intelligent?

Danny reed academically, me on sport knowledge.

Worst taste in music?

Gavin Evans and Chris Doran.

Worst dress sense?

 Chris Doran with his jeans and asics trainers.

Worst dancer?

Chris Doran just stands there like a tree.

Best and worse nicknames? Spidda (David Mcbeath) and Sheepy (Gavin Evans) are my favourites.

Who do you share with in hotels abroad?

 it depends who is playing, when im playing in junior tournaments normally Gavin Evans.

Do they have any annoying habits?

He rocks his head side to side when going to sleep quite loudly which can get irritating.

Who’s longest in the shower?

Andrew Baggaley

Thank you Liam and i wish you the best of luck in the future.

If you missed my previous interview with Darius Knight click here:https://shoutsfromthestands.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/table-tennis-player-interview-team-mates-darius-knight/

For more table tennis news visit: www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk

PLAYER PROFILE
Full name; Marlon Jackson
Date of birth; 06/12/1990
Place of birth; Bristol
Height; 5:11
Current club; Bristol City
Position; Striker
GETTING TO KNOW ‘Marlon Jackson’
Most famous person on your mobile?
Nicky Maynard. Fellow striker at Bristol city.
What’s guaranteed to make you mad?
Losing at football or at anything in general.
Best place you’ve ever been too?
That’s a hard one I would have to say China seeing all the sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
Favourite television program?
Entourage, them guys are living the dream man.
Who was/is your favourite Sportsman?
Thierry Henry I have always loved watching him play and score goals for arsenal.
What Football team do you support?
Arsenal because they play the best football.
Best Film Ever?
Step Brothers, I watched it about 5 times in the cinema and bought it on DVD the day it came out.
Who would you sing on Stars in your eyes?
Got to be something by drake.
What’s your signature dish?
Mac and cheese.
Favourite drink?

Apple Lucozade
CAREER QUESTIONS
You have been at Bristol City since the age of 8, when did you realise you was actually going to make it as a professional footballer?
When I was sat being told I was going to be offered a professional contract I had a really good season that year but nothing is definite in football.

You have been loaned out three times now are you still confident of making it in the championship if not higher?
Yeah I am after making my championship debut earlier this season, I think I have something to offer in the championship.

You have really struggled to score league goals, Is it a
confidence problem or have your performances just not been rewarded with goals?
Yeah I think it was a bit of both, I was playing out of my favored position but was playing well, I just couldn’t find the back of the net although coming up with a lot of assists.

Do you feel your chances at Bristol City are limited at the moment because there is a lot of strikers at the club?
Well there is a lot of players but if I am playing well and scoring goals in the reserves there isn’t any reason the manager won’t give me a chance.

Have you learned a lot from going out on loan to some lower league clubs?
Yes I think I have learned a lot about first team football and getting results. The experience I have gained has helped me improve my game.

Obviously your English, But are you eligible to play for another other country should the opportunity arise and would you do it if you are?
Well yeah I am Jamaican as well. I am not to sure I  haven’t really thought about it but I have always dreamt about playing for England.

Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
Hopefully playing regularly in the Championship and scoring goals.

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 feel like I will continue playing football until I can’t play any more. If my legs still allow me I would love to still be playing at that age. Similar to the likes of Beckham Scholes and Giggs are.

Next up in our series of interviews is Derby County midfielder Medi Abalimba. He has had trials at a host of top clubs in the past before settling down with the Rams.

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.

PLAYER PROFILE
Full Name; Medi Abalimba Isungi
Date Of Birth; 14.10.1991
Place Of Birth; Congo
Height; 5,8
Current Club; Derby county
Position; centre mid, or right back
GETTING TO KNOW ‘Medi Abalimba’
Most Famous Person On Your Mobile?
Robbie Savage.
What’s Guaranteed to Make You Mad?
people with attitude.
Best Place you’ve Ever Been Too?
Marbella, Spain.
Favourite television program?
The Simpsons.
Who Was/Is You favourite Sportsman?
Michael Essien.
Football team Do You Support?
No team just support myself and love the game for what it is.
Best Film Ever?
The note book, very emotional but good to watch with the misses id say titanic is up there too.
Who would you sing on stars in your eyes?
Micheal Jackson ,Smooth criminal
What’s your signature dish?
Rice and Chicken you should know this I am African
Favourite drink?
Mango juice
CAREER QUESTIONS

You were signed by Southend after being spotted in a Sunday league match, did you feel lucky as this is so unusual?
Yeah I felt good but I knew I was going to get spotted because I stood out and I was better than what they had at the time.

You spent a couple of years at Southend did you enjoy your time there and do you feel they have taught you a lot?
Yeah, I loved every minute of Southend it was a good experience for me and I had some good coaches there like Luke and Ricky Duncan who pushed me to the best of my ability.

Your performances impressed at Southend and you were offered trials with a host of Premier League clubs, were your honoured that clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United were considering signing you?
I was shocked when I first heard these Prem clubs wanted to have a look at me, I thought it was all a dream, but I guess I worked hard to get noticed and I was very honoured when they gave me a chance.

 
Did you train along side any big names during your trials, did you learn much from them?
At Liverpool I trained with Hyypia and Pennant who at the time were the big names there it was a good experience, at Man United and Man City it was just pretty much with reserve players and a few first team players but all this was new to me.

What happened at the trial, did you get given any reasons why you were not signed?
Well I guess at Man United I gave it all I had but wasn’t what they were looking for at the time so it was disappointing but I still enjoyed the experience.

Was you disappointed that you was not signed by either Liverpool or Manchester United?
Yes very but one day ill be there you will see 😉

Following your trials you went back to Southend and was snapped up by Derby County, was you pleased to finally get the move to higher level club?
Yes, I was very pleased I always knew I could play a higher level just didn’t know what club would be good for me and I guess derby is a good place to start from.

Was it hard moving away from your London home to be part of the Derby set up?
Not at all I couldn’t wait to leave home and move to a different scenery meet knew people etc.
You are still yet to make an appearance for the first team, how long do you expect it to be before your gracing the Championship?
It’s all in Gods hands everything happens in time.

Do you feel you have “made it”? If so at what point did you realise you had? And if not at what point will you think you have “made it” as a Footballer?

I don’t think I’ve made it at all or achieved anything yet but only God knows what the future has to hold but all I can say I will give it my best shot.

You’re English but have a Congolese background would you be happy to represent Congo at international level or do you see your self as English?
To be honest I am not at the level yet to start thinking about international football but I thinking about it I still don’t know who id play for it will come down on the day.

Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
Playing Premiership football for a big team and hopefully looking at international football but like I always say everything’s in Gods hands .

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?
Woooow that’s a long way away but I guess ill still be in football because I am not really good at anything else.
TEAMMATES- Derby County

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
Mitch Hansen
The hard man of the group?
Dean Leacock- as hard as nails.
Who’s the quickest?
Stephen Pearson I think… It’s a tight one.
Most skilful?
Bueno, no doubt he’s full of tricks.
Worst touch?
No ones that bad to be fair.
The joker/ funny man?
Miles Addison
Who’s got the best banter?
Dean Leacock
Least intelligent?
Jeff Hendrick
Worst taste in music?
All the lads would say me.
Worst dress sense?
Again the lads would say me, there not fans of my style.
Worst dancer?
Kallum Keane
Who’s longest in the shower?
Shefki Kuqi

First up in our series of Table Tennis player interviews is England international Darius Knight.

Darius is currently playing in both England and Belgium but you may recognise him as the face of Fred Perry or Nintendo.

This article includes Shouts from the Stands new feature team mates, so you the fans can find the ins and outs of the national side.

 You may have seen similar things on Football teams and I thought it would be great for you to be able to get similar coverage of your national Table Tennis team.

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.

PLAYER PROFILE
Full Name; Darius Knight
Date Of Birth; 22.02.1990
Place Of Birth; London, Lambeth
Height; 175cm
Club(s):Montpellier, Ucam-Cartengena, York Gardens, Southfields Elite, London Progress. Currently- Deist in Belgium and Barrow TTC.

GETTING TO KNOW Darius Knight
Most famous person on your mobile?

Robin van Persie or Adrian Charles.

what’s guaranteed to make you mad?

People stepping on my feet.

Best place you’ve ever been too?
Canada(Vancouver)
Australia (Sydney)

Favourite television program?
Smallville, Naruto, Vampire diaries and Merlin.

Who was/Is your favourite Sportsman?
I have none. If it’s anyone Floyd Mayweather Jnr, I like his attitude, he talks and walks very flamboyantly.

Best film ever?
The Illusionist or Blood diamond.

What song would you sing on Stars in their eyes?
Michael Jackson – Do you remember

What’s your signature dish?
Chicken Curry with Potatoes and rice. But anything I cook is amazing 😉

Favourite drink?

 Bigga fruit punch or KA.

Career questions
You have had a lot of highs in your career what was the best moment of your career so far?    Winning my 1st European tournament was massive for me it gave me the belief that I  was actually good, from there to win European youths medals and being junior national champion. Being sponsored by Fred Perry having the Fred Perry urban cup… seeing loads of youngsters playing table tennis and me being the figure head of it is a great feeling.

What was the lowest moment?
Not playing for England in the World team Championships this year in Russia.

You have had a lot of negative press recently, how do you cope with the criticism?
Well I never get negative press, I have been the one trying to help and put table tennis on the map over the last few years. I think I’m doing a good job due to the media attention I have gained.
My focus is just to play and improve. To be honest the people talking are the ones that wish they were in the position or they cant play table tennis. The doubters just spur me on and I use them to try and make me more focused…

You moved away from home at a young age to dedicate your life to Table Tennis, was it hard leaving your home at such a young age?
It was not a problem, I would do anything for table tennis there was nothing stopping me, I am quite a confident independent person so there was no question that I was going to move, it was more like lets do it now.

Who’s been the biggest influence on your career?
My grandmother she’s always stood behind me. My first coach Gideon Ashison if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today… and of course my coach Lui Jia Yi for making me into the player i am(which we still have a lot more work to do):)

You have had the honour of advertising products for companies such as Fred Perry and Nintendo, do you find yourself being recognised in the streets now?
Well where I am from i was known before table tennis so i think when i go home people just see me and think of table tennis, they see me for me not for my family or dad or uncles I have my own name. But they know that I’ve done well and only 20 and they never expected a boy like me from Battersea to achieve so much!

Where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
4 years time I be 24 well I hope definitely in the top 100 maybe top 60 but I am maturing now on the table which this is what had stopped my progress in the past, how high I cant say as its difficult everyone on their day can play like a top 100 player…

Whilst on the topic of the future, let’s move forward 15 years time. Do you still wish to be involved in Table Tennis or do you see yourself in a different career?

 Well I would like to still think i am involved if i stay fit and strong like I am now why not… but hopefully I can build my role as a high profile athlete and trying to help young kids from where I’m from progress. I would like to help develop a centre of sport in London they have that in France loads of regional centre’s making the level of sport higher and giving younger people something to do… other than being bored committing crime.

If you still see yourself involved in Table Tennis what do you see yourself doing?

Marketing manager for the ETTA.. or coaching in London in a academy or my own academy.

Team Mates

Who is the biggest moaner?
Me probably because I’ve spoilt myself so if something is not my way I am not happy… eg food and stuff. I have high standards with food because I am such a good cook

The hard man of the group?
Andrew Rushton -He’s into all the UFC stuff and always harasses us in a joking way.

Who’s the quickest?
Paul Drinkhall over a short distance.

Most talented?
Again Paul Drinkhall

The joker/ funny man?
Myself probably because I am in a fantasy world dreaming of things talking crap and ripping people.

Who’s got the best banter?
Danny Reed with his “Funny” bad inappropriate jokes

Most intelligent?
Chris Doran- is just an archive of sums and grammar, but if we need anything or have a question we ask Danny Reed, he went to school the longest out of all of us.

Worst taste in music?

 Gavin Evans… he knows a lot of songs that are 10years old and likes Elton John.

Worst dress sense?

He’s Scottish but trains with us so I’m going to have to say Gavin Rumgay. He wears a pair of Asic trainers with jeans… Or wears a cardigan to training or a Prada coat to training he’s just pretty random.

Worst dancer?

 Gavin Rumgay… he just stands in funny positions.

Best and worse nicknames?

Smeagle (Gavin Evans) he just used to talk to himself while either being in the toilet or having a shower.
Pois (lewis gray) why, no comment you’ll have to ask him Ha.

Who’s longest in the shower?
Andrew Baggely, he just sings bout 5 songs.

 

Former Orient and current Welling Town man

PLAYER PROFILE
Full Name; Loick Pires
Date Of Birth; 20/11/89
Place Of Birth; London
Height; 6 ft 3
Current Club; Welling United
Position; Winger/Striker

GETTING TO KNOW ‘Loick Pires’
Most famous person on your mobile?
Paul Davis, Arsenal legend

Best place you’ve ever been too?
The best place I’ve been is probably the south of France

Favourite television program?
Scrubs is by far the best thing on TV

Who Was/Is You favourite Sportsman?
The Brazilian Ronaldo
Football team Do You Support?
Arsenal
Best Film Ever? 

10 things I hate about you
Who would you sing on stars in your eyes?
Pharrell – Frontin
What’s your signature dish?
Cous cous with Halloumi cheese
Favourite drink?
Volvic Lemon
CAREER QUESTIONS

You spent a part of your youth career at Stoke was you disappointed when it didn’t work out?

It’s always disappointing when a move doesn’t work out but I learnt alot up there and it put me in good stead.

Was it hard moving away from your London home to be part of the Stoke set up?

It was at first but moving away is one of the sacrifices you make when you’re trying become a footballer.

Were you always confident you had the ability to be a professional footballer?

Yeah I always believed in myself as long as I worked hard and stayed focused.

In 2006 you joined the Leyton Orient academy and spent two years before you signed on professional terms, do you think you learned a lot during this time?

Yes I did. It’s always an important time when you’re a scholar but I felt I took things on board well and always connected with the coaches.

When you signed your first professional contract did you feel you had “made it?”

The term “made it” is a matter of opinion. And my opinion is, I won’t make it until I fulfill my goal. Which is to play in the premier league!

You played 15 first team games for Orient but could never hold down a place in the side, what do you think the reason was for this? Was the level too much for you?

No it wasn’t too much for me at all. I think the one reason was I wasn’t given a fair chance. Which is understandable as the club was always in a relegation battle so it’s difficult to throw youngsters in those situations.

In May 2010 Orient decided not to offer you a new contract and you left as a free agent, according to reports you had offers from League Two side Barnet but decided to drop 3 levels to sign for Welling United, what were the reasons behind this?

At this point of my career I need to be playing regular football and I didn’t think I would be given that chance at Barnet so I spoke to a few clubs and decided that Welling would be best for me as I liked what the manager had planned for the upcoming season.

Are you still confident of making it in the Football Leagues?

Yes I’m very confident.

Do you see Welling United a stepping stone to get you back into the Football Leagues?

I’d like to have success at Welling both individually and as a team. I believe I can win things there.

Your English but have both Portuguese and Congolese background would you be happy to represent any of these countries at international level?

Yeah I’d be happy to represent any of them but preferably England as I’ve spent most of my life here.

Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
Hopefully playing premier league and champions league football having just come back from winning the world cup
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?

Yeah I’d like to stay in football in some capacity as I don’t mind coaching but I have interests in art and literature too I’m might get into that too.

TEAMMATES

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Last season the biggest moaner was JJ Melligan. Moaned about most things

The hard man of the group?

Ben Chorley. He used to box when he was younger and supports Millwall. You do the math

Who’s the quickest?

Harry Baker, he’s at Dover now and is probably the quickest player in the league.

Most skilful?

Tamika Mkandawire, centre half but very skilful.

Worst touch?

I’ll say myself to save anyone else embarrassment!

The joker/ funny man?

Andrew Cave Brown and Sean Thornton.

Who’s got the best banter?

James Scowcroft always knew how to get under peoples skin.        

 

 

 

Most intelligent?

I’d say it was a toss up between me and Ben Chorley.

Least intelligent?

Harry baker. Lucky he’s a talented footballer coz he’s not the smartest.

Worst taste in music?

Adrian Patulea. I’m not a fan of trance.

Who chooses the CD on the team coach/ dressing room?

Any one of the Essex boys. Jason Demetriou Charlie Daniels.

Worst dress sense?

Sean Thornton. He only wears tracksuits.

Worst dancer?

Worst dancer was Adrian Patulea

Who’s longest in the shower?

Jonathan Tehoue….. Took ages.

 Thanks for your time and the best of luck in the future.

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.

 PLAYER PROFILE
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?

Road Wars

Who Was/Is your favourite Sportsman?

Steven Gerrard

What Football team do you support?

Tottenham

Best film ever?

Stepbrothers

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!

Favourite drink?

Coca Cola

CAREER QUESTIONS
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

Most skilful?
 
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.

Worst touch?
 
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…!

Most intelligent?
 
12th best school in the country, me!

Least intelligent?
 
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!

Worst dancer?
 
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!

 

Aldershot striker Danny Hylton

Danny Hylton, In the background yesterday's interviewee Anthony Wordsworth

It’s all too often these days the fans and the media overlook the lower leagues of English future which is where talent is often spotted or nurtured through the loan system.

 It’s forgotten that the Football Leagues still represent the good old game that so many fans love rather than the Premier League which some would argue has ruined the nature of the game due to the money invested in it.

  To give the lower league some recognition I am going to conduct interviews with players from the Football Leagues, watch out for them to see how their career progress.

 Any fans of their clubs or if you have seen them play leave any comments on their ability or potential, but remember they may be reading.

PLAYER PROFILE
Full Name; Daniel Hylton

Date Of Birth; 25.02.1989
Place Of Birth; London, Camden, UCH
Height; 6 ft 1
Current Club; Aldershot Town
Position; Forward

GETTING TO KNOW ‘Daniel Hylton

Who is the most famous person in your phone book?

Erm…..How well do you know the lower leagues? It will have to be Glen little. Ex Burnley, Portsmouth and Reading legend.

What’s guaranteed to Make You Mad?
It has to be losing; I’m a very competitive person. I think having played sports my whole life it gives you the willingness to always be a winner. I hate losing at anything thing from football even down to computer games.

Best Place You’ve Ever Been Too?
Its a close 1 between Australia and America but I’d have to say America sneaks it, I stayed in a place called rockaway beach in New York, it was beautiful but we were also not far from the city so we had the best of both worlds, we could relax on the beach 1 day and do the tourist stuff the next.

Favourite Television program?
Celebrity juice!!! Keith lemon is a ledge! Only way is Essex is a close second
Who Was/Is You Favourite Sportsman?

Lionel Messi

Football Team Do You Support?
Arsenal

Best Film Ever?

I love horrors so it has to be paranormal activity 1 and 2

Who Would You Sing On Stars In Your Eyes?

I do a better version of Mandy than Barry Manilow himself.
What’s Your Signature Dish?

Beans on toast.

Favourite drink?
Apple juice.

You started off quite late, was you always confident you would make a living from Football?
I always hoped, but didn’t really believe in it until I signed for Aldershot youth team. I then realised I had a huge chance and I had to grab it with both hands.

Do you feel you owe much to Brimsdown the team you played for until you was 16 for your development?
Every team I played for from the age of 10 upwards played a part, but it wasn’t until I signed for Aldershot that I started getting coached properly and they improved me as a player and gave me the chances to prove myself so I’d say Aldershot had the biggest influence on me.

You got signed by Aldershot after an open trial, was you still due to go back to play for Brimsdown if the trial wasn’t a success?

 Yes, we were due back, but I took the chance at the opportunity to play for a better team and thankfully it paid off.

In 2006 aged 17 you signed your first professional contract did you think it was the sign that your career going to be big?
I was happy at the time to just be given the chance to play professional football, you never know how your career will plan out but by working hard day in day out in training you give yourself the best chance to progress on to bigger and better things.

When you didn’t play much in your first year even being loaned out to Harlow town did you ever fear for your career?
No defiantly not, I was a youngster learning my trade and it was the right thing to happen, the gaffa and assistant at the time were really good with me and they explained to me it would be good for my progression.

In the promotion year you put in some outstanding performances in the Blue sq premier, but had limited chances in the first season in league two did you feel that the standard jump was initially too much for you?
Obviously going from making 30 plus appearances in the conference winning season to not being used at the beginning of the season in league 2 was frustrating but I was young, inexperienced, new signings came in so I knew I would have to be patience and it paid off after getting my first start against bury and scoring.

In the first part of your second year in league 2 you was playing a lot of Football under Gary Waddock, but chances seem to of been limited since Kevin Dillon came in. Is there any reason for this?
No not that I no of, footballs about opinions, when a new manager comes in he’s going to have his own ideas own playing style etc obviously its extremely frustrating not paying much even though when I have played its been out of position and I feel iv done well but ill be patient, keep training hard, and make sure I take my next chance with both hands.

Do you feel like you owe Aldershot for giving you your big break in the professional game?
Totally, they gave me my chance; they have been great towards me the whole 5 years I’ve been playing here.


Obviously you’re English, but are you eligible to play for another other country should the opportunity arise and would you do it if you are?
Well I’m English so there the only country I’m eligible to play for, but I would definitely take the chance to play for any international team if I had the chance.

Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
I’m at an age now where I have to be playing regular football, I would love to be at Aldershot playing in a higher division but who knows I’m just taking it 1 step at a time and focusing on this season.

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?
Well football is a huge part of my life an after my career is up I would definitely want to stay in it, I’m not sure what I’d like to do but I couldn’t cut football out my life altogether.

It’s all too often these days the fans and the media overlook the lower leagues of English future which is where talent is often spotted or nurtured through the loan system.

 It’s forgotten that the Football Leagues still represent the good old game that so many fans love rather than the Premier League which some would argue has ruined the nature of the game due to the money invested in it.

  To give the lower league some recognition I am going to conduct interviews with players from the Football Leagues, watch out for them to see how their career progress.

 Any fans of their clubs or if you have seen them play leave any comments on their ability or potential, but remember they may be reading.

PLAYER PROFILE
Full Name; Anthony Wordsworth 

Date Of Birth; 03.01.89
Place Of Birth; Camden Town
Height; 6 ft 3
Current Club; Colchester United
Position; Midfielder 

GETTING TO KNOW ‘Anthony Wordsworth’

What’s Guaranteed To Make You Mad?
Traffic wardens 

Best Place You’ve Ever Been Too?
St Tropez

Favourite Television?
The Wire
Who Was/Is You Favourite Sportsman?
Dennis Bergkamp
Football Team Do You Support?
Arsenal 

Best Film Ever?

Man on fire 

Who Would You Sing On Stars In Your Eyes?
Man in the mirror by Michael Jackson
What’s Your Signature Dish?
Chicken and rice
Favourite drink?
Fanta Lemon 

CAREER QUESTIONS
You started off at Charlton, and got released did you worry for your career being released before you had ever made any money from football?

No I didn’t worry because I knew I was good enough to make it.  

Although you never played for them do you feel you owe much to Charlton for your development?
I don’t feel I owe Charlton anything but am grateful for what they showed me as a kid.

How long was it between not being offered a contract by Charlton to being snapped up by Colchester?
I signed for Colchester about 2 months after leaving Charlton. I trialed at Nottingham Forest for a few weeks but I was 16 and home sick so i went to Colchester.

In the 2007/08 season took part in 3 championship games and also played in the league cup. Playing at such a high level at a young age did you think big things were to come?

Yeah, I broke into the championship team at the back end of the season and started the first ten games of the next season. was not really expecting big things I was just trying to find my way in the league. 


Although you didn’t play much during the season how much of a blow was it to be relegated from the championship?

It was a blow for the club to get relegated but on a personal note I think it may have been what i needed. 

Under Paul Lambert your chances were limited. When Aidy Bothroyd came in you played almost week in week out. Why was this? Did you just not feature in Lambert’s plans?

I made most of my appearances under Paul Lambert as a substitute scoring 3 goals from the bench. I think he saw me as an impact player but when Aidy took over he put me straight in the team having watched me previously. 

It was widely expected that you would move up a level in the last transfer window but it never happened. Did offers come in for you?

I scored 12 goals and got a lot of assists. Any young player scoring goals and playing well is going to attract interest but I wanted to stay as I am playing week in week out and enjoying football. I am confident I will move on to a higher level at some point.       

 
 
 

 

 

Do you feel like you owe Colchester for giving you your big break in the professional game?
I am grateful to Aidy Boothroyd for having trust in me and I think repaid him with my performances.

Obviously your English, But are you eligible to play for another other country should the opportunity arise and would you do it if you are?

I don’t want to play for anyone but England!!! 

Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
I don’t know where I see myself in 4 years time because football is so unpredictable but hopefully if I keep working hard i will be where in a good position.

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 doubt I will be in football when I retire as I have no interest in coaching or being a manager. I’m not sure what i will be doing only time will tell.

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