THIS WEEK: Gavin Tomlin – Southend
ON THE SPOT
Position: Striker or winger. Date of birth: 21/08/1983. Marital status: In a relationship with Sanaa. Former clubs: Aylesbury United, Staines Town, St Albans City, Yeading, Windsor & Eton, Brentford, Fisher Athletic, Yeovil Town, Dag & Redbridge, Torquay (loan), Gillingham (loan)
Car you bought? I only passed my test five months ago, and I hope to buy a Volkswagen Golf. CD you bought? I haven’t bought CDs in years. The last one was Distant Relatives by Nas and Damian Marley. Nas is my favourite rapper. Goal you scored? At Bradford about a month ago. A deep free-kick into the box, Ryan Cresswell headed against the post and I put the rebound in the net. Time you were sent off? I’ve never been sent off, not even in youth football. Injury? I tore my thigh muscle about three months ago in training. I took a shot and it just went. Trophy you won? Player of the Month for December. I scored five or six. I’ve won it three times this season.
THE JURY’S OUT:
Tea or coffee? Tea. Green tea. I try to drink it every day. Beans on toast or pasta? Beans on toast. I like pasta but beans on toast is a nice mix. Caribbean with the missus or Magaluf with the lads? Caribbean all day! Good weather, good food, good people. Eastenders or Corrie? Eastenders. I don’t really like the northerners! Big Brother or XFactor? That’s tough. Probably X-Factor – it’s people trying to achieve their dreams rather than watching people in a house. Megan Fox or Jessica Alba? Jessica Alba, though Halle Berry’s still got it at about 40-odd!
TIME ADDED ON:
Who did you support as a boy? Newcastle United. Everyone around me supported a London club so I wanted a different team and at the time they had Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole. Who is the best player you have played with? Andre Boucaud’s one. And Jason Puncheon. Jason’s in the Premier League now and it’s great how he manipulates the ball. Who is the loudest manager you have played under? John Still. He would shout constantly during games. He never even sits down. Which newspaper do you read? City AM and Metro. I like City AM because it’s a lot about business takeovers and mergers. I’d like to go into business when I retire. Which TV football pundit makes you cringe? None really. And who do you really listen to? Gary Neville. He’s very enthusiastic about it and he knows what he’s talking about. Do you have any superstitions? No, I just prepare each day by how I feel. What are your hobbies? I like playing table tennis, badminton, dominoes and Monopoly. Which five people would you invite round for a dinner party? Malcolm X, the big Ronaldo, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali and Halle Berry. It would be great to relax to a bit of singing from Bob. I’d probably cook lamb chops for them as it’s my favourite meal.
Who is the worst dressed player at the club? Freddie Eastwood. He owns a lot of dodgy gear. A lot of blazers and lots of Dolce & Gabbana.