Team mates

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - Ful­ham for­ward

Matt Smith -

Best mate at the club? Tom Cair­ney. It has been since he joined the club. I am very close to him. A lot of the lads live out in Sur­rey, but we’re both in the city cen­tre. We’re both of a sim­i­lar age and have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests. Last to buy din­ner? Cauley Woodrow. He needs to take the croc­o­diles out of his pock­ets. In re­al­ity, he prob­a­bly isn’t that bad, but we give him a hard time. We don’t have many stingy lads, re­ally. We’re all right. Worst dressed? It has to be Ryan Tun­ni­cliffe. He wears the same blue baggy Ralph Lau­ren track­suit that I’ve seen him in for years. I just don’t think he can re­ally be both­ered to dress prop­erly in the morn­ing. He just rolls in and trains. Dress­ing room DJ? The kit­man Mark Har­ri­son – we call him Frank – does our mu­sic. Mar­cus Bet­tinelli is not too bad and then Scott Parker does it a lot. He goes for clas­sics from the 90s, but ev­ery­one gets on board with it. Late for train­ing? No-one is ever late. We are a prompt team. Felix Ma­gath used to charge us £50 a minute for ev­ery minute we were late and, since then, the lads have taken to get­ting in on time. That has car­ried on into the new man­age­ment. Ev­ery­one is used to be­ing bang early. It was £100 a minute in the Premier League. It’s dras­tic, es­pe­cially in the Lon­don traf­fic. Teacher’s pet? Tom Cair­ney, on the sly. He tries to be quite calm about it, but he is top boy at the minute. I think he is sneak­ing off for a few quiet meet­ings around the place at the mo­ment. First on the dance floor? We’re quite a re­served bunch. We like to have a so­cial, but there is no-one who chucks him­self out there. We’re maybe a bit bor­ing on that one! We are just a reg­u­lar bunch, all quite calm lads. Most likely to dis­grace them­selves at the Christ­mas party? It was Ross McCor­mack, for sure, but it is prob­a­bly Cauley Woodrow now. He is a young lad, full of en­ergy. He is the joke of the chang­ing room, al­ways look­ing to cut a few laughs and is nor­mally on the end of some sort of joke. Worst tat­too? Jack Grim­mer has his ini­tials tat­tooed on his bi­cep and he has tried to have them lasered off be­cause they look that bad. He also has a weird tribal tat­too on his shoul­der and an arm­sleeve which, when asked him what it meant, he said he had no idea. Par­tial to a sunbed? There are a few! They keep it quiet, but Kevin McDon­ald has some dras­tic tan lines and we’re into Septem­ber now. I am not hav­ing that he has been do­ing that nat­u­rally. They are very sus­pi­cious. Go­ing to make the best man­ager? Scott Parker. He has that aura about him. He knows what he is talk­ing about and, when­ever he says any­thing, the lads are firmly lis­ten­ing and do­ing every­thing they can to sat­isfy what he is af­ter. I

SPOT OF BOTHER: One of the three penalty kicks given at Read­ing v Ip­swich on Fri­day night

Cauley Woodrow

Scott Parker

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