STEWART HIS MARC!
remember them with fondness.
I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been free of serious injury so I’d say the times I’ve been relegated. They are the reasons why you want to work hard and be a team player, so they don’t come too often.
TOUGHEST PLACE TO GO
I didn’t really get intimidated by crowds. People will say Millwall and places like that but those kind of crowds didn’t affect me at all.
I did play in Millwall’s last ever game at The Den. Bristol Rovers had already been relegated but we knew the crowd were going to invade the pitch after so they could get themselves some memorabilia. We won the game and stopped them getting into the play-offs. I was lucky because I’d been subbed before the pitch invasion! We’d been told to go straight to the dressing rooms.
So that was tough, but for me the answer’s probably the places where I found it hard to score goals. I never scored at Derby or Aston Villa.
Rio Ferdinand and that Manchester United back four with the likes of Gary Neville at right-back. Those guys were the best at their level and for England at that time. They were tough players who could do everything.
I’d also say John Terry, who I played against when he was 18. He was a tough player even then. He knew all the tricks and was very experienced for his age.You could see he wasn’t intimidated by anyone. He didn’t mind a physical battle but he could pass the ball too.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO
I’d been released by Southampton as a schoolboy and the first time I went back, they were playing at The Dell then, I scored a hat-trick which was great. I went back a few years later and scored two at St Mary’s. It’s nice to go back to a club you’ve been released from and perform well.
I’m enjoying being Darrell Clarke’s assistant at Bristol Rovers. I’ve worked my way up. I’ve coached at Yeovil, Exeter U15s and the reserves, and now I’m an assistant manager.
Everyone finds their niche, whether it’s as a manager, as an assistant, working with the U21s or U18s, whether it’s working in women’s football – you find it eventually. I want to be the best coach I can be and see where it takes me.
Biggest Achievement: Playing/Scoring in Europe Toughest opponents: Terry & Ferdinand