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‘Getting Personal’ with Tom Cairney

15 September 2014

A brand new feature where we get to know the person behind the player …

What’s your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is playing out on the street with my mates. We lived in a cul-de-sac and it was fairly safe, so just playing out there.

What sort of child were you?

Lively, mardy, buzzing – just full of life.

What are you best at outside of football?

Playing pool probably. I’m the Blackburn Rovers pool champion! Number one seed!

What would you like to be better at?

I’d like to be better at golf, so that I could play with the boys. I’ve never really played. Well, I’ve tried a little bit, but I’m shocking! So if I could, I’d like to be better at golf, so that I could play with the lads when they go. 

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I worked in a bank! I did work experience at Barclays Bank when I was about 15 or 16. Worst two weeks of my life! Working 9-5 in a bank, suit and tie, the lot! Shocking!

What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is probably my Premier League debut shirt for Hull against Wolves at home. We drew 2-2. To make your Premier League debut at 18 is something pretty special, so I’d probably say that. I’ve got it framed and hung up at my mum’s house.   

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

Jay-Jay Okocha. Legend! What ability! I played with him at Hull. He’s probably changed his number now, but I’ll say him.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

I fell in an ice bath at Hull about two minutes before I was due to go out and play, and I was in full kit! I slipped and fell in! It was more funny than embarrassing, but still quite embarrassing, so I’ll say that.

Who do you most admire?

Apart from Justin Bieber, I’d probably say … when I was growing up I used to admire the original fat Ronaldo! Loved him! He made me love football. He was the best player and he played for Brazil and when I was growing up, he was the man! So I’d probably say him.  

Your house, your football boots and your car – which do you clean first?

I’d probably say my car first, then my boots, then my room.

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

No chance! I’d like to think I’d have a go, but if I was on Cast Away, I think I’d have to call it a day!

What kind of people do you dislike?

I dislike ignorant people. And those that look down on people, when there’s no need to look down on people. Even if you’ve done more than someone else, I think you should make time for everyone. 

What makes you angry?

Not a lot. I don’t get angry very often. The only thing that really makes me angry is losing to Jordan Rhodes at pool! Away from football, it’s always stupid stuff that gets me angry, like getting lost in your car or in traffic or running late. Normally things that should make me angry don’t make me angry, it’s stupid little things and annoying things, when things don’t go smoothly, that’s what really makes me angry. 

How many close friends do you have?

Three. I think you have quite a lot of mates, but only a few friends. Two from school and one’s my cousin, who I’d say is a close friend.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

Probably the Ice Bucket Challenge I did with Jordan (Rhodes), when Marshy (Ben Marshall) and Varns (Luke Varney) went past on the surf board, naked! That made everyone chuckle a bit, so I’d probably say that. 

What is the worst/best decision you have ever made?

Football-wise, the best decision I’ve ever made is probably coming here, just because I’ve kicked on in my career. The actual best decision I’ve ever made is maybe moving out of my mum and dad’s house. Not because it was terrible, just because I think you grow up quicker. I should have moved out earlier, but just because I didn’t have to, I didn’t. The worst decision I’ve ever made is taking my mum’s car out the day after I passed my test and crashing it, straight into the back of a lorry at McDonald’s! That’s a bad one, isn’t it?!     

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

Spending time with Jimmy Bullard at Hull. He was a bizarre man! 

What are three things that you would like to do before you die?

Start a family, go to space – that would be unbelievable – and play in the Premier League again.

What team(s) do you support outside of football?

I don’t really support another team, but I follow my mate, Tommy Coyle, who’s a boxer. He’s from Hull and I know him quite well and I go to every fight, so I’d probably say I support him. 

Are you an animal person? Do you have any pets?

No! I don’t do pets. It’s hard enough looking after myself, let alone an animal.

What last kept you awake at night?

The first Paranormal Activity affected me!

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

Leaving Brockhall Village I’d say. There was talk of a statue of me being put up, but this is David Dunn’s town!

What film, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?

That’s a good question. I’d probably say Law Abiding Citizen. I just love it.

Tell me about the last time a team-mate got angry with you. What happened?

I don’t think a team-mate has ever got angry with me in training. I can’t remember a time anyway.

What business would you love to start?

I’d like to open a bar.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

No, never had any jobs. Not even a paper round. 

Could you find your way around a foreign country using just a map?

I’d like to think I could, yes. I’d be confident.

What are you most proud of?  

What I’ve achieved in my career up until now. 

What is your idea of fun? If given a chance to skip training for a day, how would you spend your day off?

My idea of fun is a bit boring. It’s basically just watching telly, lying on the sofa, duvet on, food, film or football. That’s it. 

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Oysters! Gross! Had them in Dubai.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Cooking or going to the supermarket. It does my head in!

What's the one thing you can't live without?

The one thing I can’t live without is music. Especially on the way into training.



Would you rather...

... skip Christmas for a year or skip your birthday for a year?

Skip birthday.

… live without your computer/laptop or your television for the rest of your life?

Laptop.

… be able to fly whenever you want or be invisible?

Fly.

… have a beautiful house and ugly car or ugly house and beautiful car?

Beautiful house ugly car.

... visit the world 1,000 years into the past or 1,000 years into the future?

Future.

... be rich and ugly or poor and good looking?

Poor and good looking.

… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?

Sky diving.

… have a chef or a cleaner?

Both!

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