Team mates

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - Danny But­ter­field – Ex­eter City

Best mate at the club? I was with Lee Holmes down at Southamp­ton pre­vi­ously and our fam­i­lies get on so our friend­ship grew through that. We have been mates for a good five years and I may have had a hand in him com­ing to Ex­eter. Last to buy din­ner? It would have to be a whip-round – I don’t think any­one is earn­ing enough to pay for it all! I am quite happy to buy the lads drinks but when it comes to meals, the fines nor­mally pay for them any­way. The FIFA king? I am a 35-yearold man with a wife and kids, so you are ask­ing the wrong guy! Prob­a­bly Tom Ni­chols and James Ha­mon be­cause they have a flat to­gether and have enough time to do that sort of thing. Worst dressed? David Wheeler or Chris­tian Ribeiro. Dave still wears footwear that has to be at least eight years old – he only throws them away when they’ve got holes de­vel­op­ing. Dress­ing room DJ? Matt Oak­ley, but his taste is a lit­tle bit old for the younger lads. Troy Brown and Jamie McAl­lis­ter also have some in­flu­ence. There’s usu­ally a mix­ture of up-to­date house and dance mu­sic and some older clas­sics. Most skil­ful? Ol­lie Watkins or Joel Grant – they have both got great in­di­vid­ual skill and tech­ni­cal abil­ity. It is a big part of their game and they spend a good time on the train­ing ground prac­tis­ing their skills. Late for train­ing? It used to be David Wheeler, but he has moved an hour away from Ex­eter and he is now in a car share with some of the se­nior play­ers, so he ar­rives on time. It is prob­a­bly Joel Grant now. Teacher’s pet? Ryan Har­ley is bor­der­ing on a re­la­tion of the man­ager’s from his pre­vi­ous time here. Sim­i­larly, David Noble is a bit of a teacher’s pet. Worst cook? Prob­a­bly James Ha­mon. James is al­ways talk­ing about what he cooked the night be­fore while Tom Ni­chols screws his face up. James cooked spaghetti on the Mon­day and was still eat­ing it by Fri­day. First on the dance floor? I don’t re­ally know, be­ing old now. I am not as much of a dance floor man as I used to be. It is prob­a­bly one of the younger lads like Jor­dan Moore Tay­lor – he has found him­self in night­clubs more than most. Most likely to dis­grace them­selves at the Christ­mas party? David Noble. Let’s say he at­tacks a night out fully. He takes it on him­self to lead ev­ery­one else and he gen­er­ally goes for it. Worst tat­too? Christy Pym has got mum and dad on his wrist but I think he’s slowly work­ing on some sleeves to try and hide them now. Never puts the phone down? I don’t think any­one gets off it any­more th­ese days. They are a ma­jor fix­ture of the dress­ing room but I am prob­a­bly the worst cul­prit. Par­tial to a sunbed? Aaron Davies and Tom Ni­chols, def­i­nitely. The lads give them plenty of abuse for it. Go­ing to make the best man­ager? Jamie McAl­lis­ter has al­ready done his coach­ing badges. He has got a good knowl­edge of the game and a great tem­per­a­ment so I think he could repli­cate his stan­dards as a player. I am sure he would do a great job as a man­ager.

Matt Oak­ley

Lee Holmes

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