THIS WEEK: Gavin Tom­lin – Southend

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFFS 1ST LEG - TOM EDE


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.


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!


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.

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