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‘Getting Personal’ with Paul Taylor

22 April 2015

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Paul Taylor is the latest player in the hot-seat for our new feature where we get to know the person behind the player...

What’s your earliest memory?

A family holiday to somewhere in Spain with my mum, dad and sister when I was about five. 

What sort of child were you?

A bit of a naughty boy. Mischievous and always getting up to no good. Always active and always wanting to do things. 

What are you best at outside of football?

Sports-wise I’d say snooker. I play it quite a lot now still. It’s a non-active sport, so you’re not running yourself into the ground. My best break is 111.

What would you like to be better at?

I’d like to be better at football. I think you can always improve and get better, and if you do that then you’re helping your team out at the same time.

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I lived in Belgium for a year-and-a-half, when I was with Anderlecht. Not many people might know that. Flemish is a hard language to learn, so I didn’t pick up a single word! But I enjoyed my time over there.

What is your most treasured possession?

My car – an Audi RS6. That’s my most treasured possession at the minute. I’ve always been into cars. I love my cars, especially fast cars.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

I don’t really have any star names in my phone book – I just have my girlfriend and my family! Obviously I’ve got most of the boys here and at Ipswich in there, but no really big names that you could mention.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

When I signed here and I had to sing in front of all the lads, but it was that embarrassing I didn’t end up doing it and had to pay a fine instead! It was at the team hotel the night before Leeds away and I had a song in mind, but when I got downstairs to sing, I just choked up and couldn’t even talk! I got plenty of stick off the lads for that!

Who do you most admire?

When I was growing up, football-related, it was (Diego) Maradona. I always used to watch videos with my dad. Away from football, it was Mike Tyson. My dad always used to get me up in the early hours to watch Tyson fight. He was an unbelievable fighter. So they were the two people I looked up to. 

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

I’d say I keep my room clean first, because you always like going back to your house and having a clean room. And to be fair, the facilities here at Blackburn, you get your boots cleaned for you, so that’s a bonus. I take my car to get cleaned at least once a week. 

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

Yes, I’d like to think so. Considering I watch Bear Grylls every time it’s on, I’d like to think that I’ve caught a few tricks off him! So I reckon I could handle myself out there.

What kind of people do you dislike?

That’s a tough one to answer without being over the top! I don’t like people who are full of themselves or who look down on other people. 

What makes you angry?

There’s not many things that make me angry to be fair. I’m usually a calm guy to be honest. Obviously if someone has taken advantage of you in any nature, then I get angry with things like that, but otherwise I usually keep my cool. When I lose a match, I don’t get angry, but it gets me frustrated. There’s always the next match.

How many close friends do you have?

I’ve probably got three or four close friends, who I go out with and play a bit of snooker with. People who I socialise with. I’ve got a few football friends too, but my own mates, who I grew up with, I’ve got about three or four of them from school that I still talk to and knock about with.

What is the funniest thing that you have seen recently?

Tom Cairney getting nut-megged by (Philippe) Coutinho at Ewood against Liverpool. The reverse meg as I like to call it! I think that was the funniest thing I’ve seen lately! Because he likes doing it to other lads in training, so for it to happen to him, I thought that was quite funny. Even though we did lose the game, looking back at it, it was funny. 

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

The best decision was coming to Blackburn, just because the lads and the gaffer and the staff are all brilliant and, to be honest, it’s one of the best clubs I’ve been to up til now in my career. My worst decision is probably not giving my all at school.

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

I’ve seen a car in London, I don’t know what street, but I think it was a Ferrari or a Lamborghini in the lights and they’ve ended up doing a figure of eight, in busy traffic, before speeding off! That was quite bizarre, considering it was in the middle of London!

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

I’d like to go sky-diving. I’d like to go skiing, but obviously I can’t do that until I’ve finished playing footy. And I’d like to win the Lottery!

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

I followed Everton when I was a kid – they were my team. I used to go to games all the time. Away from football, I always used to follow Mike Tyson. 

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

I used to have a dog – a husky – but when we had the baby, he got a bit clumsy and was always knocking the baby over, so my girlfriend decided that he had to go. It wasn’t my decision, but I had to live with that. When my little lad’s a bit older we might get another one, but hopefully there’s another kid on the way soon, so that will be in the distant future.

What last kept you awake at night?

The baby. A crying baby! He’s two now, but every now and again he’ll have a little moan and you’ll have to get up, go downstairs and get him some milk or whatever, so that’s what kept me up.   

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

Moving house and finding a place to live.

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

I like Blood Diamond – that’s one of my top films. And American Gangster, with Denzel Washington. Whenever that’s on, I have to watch that as well.

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

At Ipswich, I didn’t track a runner and he’s ended up getting in the box and scoring, so a few of the lads were a bit angry, but I held my hands up, said it was my fault and apologised, and you move on.

What business would you love to start?

I’ve got a few business interests, to do with property. Doing up and selling properties, which is something after football you can concentrate on more.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

No, no jobs when I was younger. I’ve just been in football all my life.

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

Yes, I’ve got a good sense of direction. If I’ve been somewhere, I’ll know how to get back to it. So I’d like to think I’d be alright.

What are you most proud of?  

My little boy. He’s getting to the age now where he’s starting to say little words and chatting to you. I love him, he’s brilliant.

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 doing something sport-related. Some kind of activity. Or going to a theme park, like Alton Towers, something like that.   

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Frogs legs … horrible! I had them in a restaurant in Tenerife. My girlfriend made me try them and they were just horrible! I only had it in my mouth for about a second and then spat it out!

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

Going to the petrol station to fill my car up. My car is very thirsty, so it seems like every day I’m going to the petrol station to fill up, so I’d cut that out if I could! 

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

My phone. You can’t live without your phone.

Would you rather...

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

Skip Christmas.

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

Live without computer.

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

Be able to fly.

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

Tough one! Beautiful house, ugly car.

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

Into the past.

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

Rich and ugly.

… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?


… have a chef or a cleaner?

Have a chef.

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