1. Where do you live ? (Town and Country)
I currently live in Sydney, Australia. I moved here in January 2014 for my job. I previously lived in Nottingham (work) and Leeds (family) in England.
2. What do you do for a living ?
I'm currently head of sales at Allphones Arena, which is Australia's largest indoor arena which plays host to the biggest international music and sport events in the world, last week we had The Rolling Stones, and also UFC. So it certainly keeps me busy. Previous to this I spent 2 years as head of sales at Capital FM Arena, and before that 4 years as Business Development Manager at Nottingham Forest Football Club.
3. What football teams do you support ?
I support Nottingham Forest, which I came to support due to me wanting to be Stan Collymore growing up (yes my hero is a dogger and a wife beater). I also have a soft spot for Sheffield Wednesday (as ALL my family are die hard fans), Arsenal (as my brother spent 11 years there), and Frickley Athletic as they are a non league side based just a stones throw from where I grew up.
4. Can you remember the first team that you managed in CM01/02 ? How did you get on ?
Like most people, I jumped into the club I support, Nottingham Forest. I think I finished around 7th-9th in my first season, I know I was close to the playoffs in the final few days and got a bit frustrated when I didn't make the cut and thought the game was shit and decided not to play the game ever again, until about two days later..
5. Who is your all time favourite CM01/02 player (any update or patch) and favourite in real life ?
Favourite on 01/02 is a joint effort and were always my go to men; Kennedy Bakircioglu and Kim Kallstrom. In real life my favourite players have all retired!! Guti, Stan Collymore, Gabriel Batistuta and Jose Luis Chilavert!! Currently I have massive admiration for Francesc Fabregas though.
6. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in CM01/02
Easy, ODB turning Sampdoria into the most dominant team in the world spanning two decades. I also enjoyed prolonged success with Real Betis, and IFK Goteborg
7. If you were an animal, which one would describe you best ?
An Orca whale, loveable and nice on the outside but an absolute predator (not in a rapey way) on the inside.
8. On an average week, how much time do you invest in CM01/02 ?
Not much as with most of us growing up work takes over!! I try to get one game a week in though!!
9. What does your wife/girlfriend/partner think of you playing a 13 year old football game ?
She doesn't mind when I play on the PS4 as she can watch it and think most games are like films. CM however she can't stand as she doesn't enjoy watching it and I won't speak to her for hours on end when I'm having a proper session!!
10. What other computer/console games do you play ?
Too many to list but mainly; FIFA series (PS4), Madden series (PS4), COD series (PS4) Elder Scrolls (PC)
11. What annoys you most about CM01/02 ?
Work permits when I uncover a gem, at least let me do an Arsenal and sign the kid and loan him out to Spanish clubs for 5 years!!
12. What is your favourite moment in real life football ?
Interesting question!! Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your club win something. Unfortunately for me I've had more near misses and heartbreak than the usual fan, but winning promotion on the last game of the season from League One and the way we did it will stay with me forever. For my favourite single moment...NOTHING will beat David Beckham's freekick against Greece deep into injury time which saw England qualify for the World Cup 2002. Here you can all watch it:
13. If you were Sepp Blatter, what rule would you change to make football more interesting ?
I'd dissolve FIFA and form a new World governing body. The game needs it.
14. How good a player were you in real life ? What position did you play ?
I was handy as I used to be able to run 100m in 11 seconds, and I usually played upfront or on the right wing. I've also got a throw in that Rory Delap would be proud of. However my fledgling career was ended at 17 as I chose University over signing for Scunthorpe United. Unfortunately plenty of family and friends made it in the real game and some of them have made a killing. I still play for my local "soccer" team here in Sydney and still doing a decent job upfront.
15. What other sports do you follow ?
I'm a massive fan of NFL (Tennessee Titans), and of Formula One.
16. If you won the Lottery ( say £4,000,000) what is the first thing you would buy ?
More property, and maybe a decent sized yacht to get around Sydney Harbour!!
17. What 4 people from history would you most like to meet ?
Agamemnon, Kurt Cobain, James Dean, Michael Jackson.
18. What keeps you awake at night ?
Mainly the hot weather, although can't complain too much!!
19. What was the last song played on your iPod (both the one you were going so say to sound cool and the one it really was) ?
Fortunately it was The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black, I'll be honest though; the last two songs before that were worryingly both One Direction songs!!
20. Who would you like to be interviewed next ?
So many to choose from!! - Janis89 will no doubt have some ridiculous answers so over to you buddy!!
The artist formally known as The Eejit