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‘Getting Personal’ with Tommy Spurr

10 April 2015

Tommy Spurr is the next player in the hot-seat for our feature where we get to know the person behind the player...

What's your earliest memory?

I remember going to watch my dad play on a Saturday in Leeds. He ran a team and I was the annoying kid that just tagged along! I was about five years old and I would just kick a ball about with whoever was there. I would be absolutely filthy by the time I got home!

What sort of child were you?

I was very hyperactive. I probably annoyed the hell out of my parents and my sister. I think I'm fairly similar now.

What are you best at outside of football?

I used to love playing cricket. I would play about four times a week when I was younger for a local team. I never really wanted to be a cricketer, I just enjoyed playing in the summer and got quite good at it.

What would you like to be better at?

I'd love to be better at golf. It's the most frustrating game in the world. I play over the summer and sometimes when we have a day off I'll go with Browny (Chris Brown) and Jordan (Rhodes). I'll hit it left, right then down the middle - I just want to be more consistent. And I can't putt to save my life - it's a bit like my first touch in football! 

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I have quite bad OCD when it comes to checking my house alarm. I check it five or six times before I go to bed. That's bad isn't it?!

What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my winners medal and shirt from the day we won the league at Doncaster. I've kept those together and when I get my house sorted, I'll put them up somewhere. They are things that I always want to keep with me.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

Is Micky Gray a star name?! He was my agent for a while when he finished playing. I decided I wanted to go with someone else and I haven't spoken to him since!

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

I got wheeled out to training last year in a washing bin. Some of the lads thought it would be funny to tie me up and put me in the bin! It was funny, but quite embarrassing at the same time. I think I was being annoying and they wanted to have a laugh at my expense.

Who do you most admire?

My mum and dad. They have been brilliant parents to me and my sister.

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

Well, like everyone says, we get our boots cleaned for us, so definitely my room first. And my car last. There are lots of empty bottles of water and Lucozade rolling about in there.

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

Probably not. I hate spiders and snakes and everything like that, so I couldn't handle those. You wouldn't catch me on that jungle programme! Plus I'm fussy with my food too.

What kind of people do you dislike?

I really dislike arrogant people, people who think they are big-time. They are not my cup of tea. You should just be yourself.

What makes you angry?

Not much really. If anything, I'd say rude people. People with no manners • that irritates me. Manners don't cost anything.

How many close friends do you have?

I probably only have about four or five close friends. They are a mixture of people I met when I was at school and when I was younger at Sheffield Wednesday. I speak to them most days.

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

I want to kill Talys (Chris Taylor) here, but I can't bring myself to say it! I'll say Easty's (Simon Eastwood) reaction to having to pay for everyone's Nando's on the way back from Charlton. He got bullied into it really and crumbled because the gaffer was there! Everyone was ordering more and more and his face was just dropping. He ended up paying over 200 quid for a Nando's!

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

Worst decision was buying my house in Leeds. I won't say any more, but I'm sure the lads here will know the reason why! Best decision was leaving Sheffield Wednesday to join Donny. I wasn't enjoying my football there and I didn't get on with the manager.

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

I've always wanted to go to New York and I'm going there in the summer with my missus. I want to have children and perhaps be involved in another promotion-winning team.

What other team(s) do you support?

I always look out for Sheffield Wednesday's and Doncaster's results. When I was young, my dad used to take me to Leeds games, but when I joined Sheffield, I would go and watch them every week, which turns you into a bit of a fan I suppose.

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

I used to have a dog - a Weimaraner - called Duke. I had to give him up, but I had to pay the person to take him off me! He had epileptic fits and I had to keep paying for his medication. Something that Tayls (Chris Taylor) never lets me hear the end of!

What last kept you awake at night?

When I had my operation on my stomach, turning over in bed was very painful. I couldn't tense my stomach and I had to sleep on my back and I really can't do that.

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

Deciding whether to buy a house over here. I put a lot of thought into it, but I've decided to go through with it. It was a big decision, whether it would be right for me or not.

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

Remember the Titans, the American football film. That or Coach Carter. They are just easy watching.

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

Marshy (Ben Marshall) has got angry with me a few times when I've given him really bad passes and Killa (Matt Kilgallon) sometimes when I'm not where he wants me to be. We just have a quick little argument and then it's done. That's part and parcel of football though.

What business would you love to start?

I'd like to have a bar. Not one in a town centre really, maybe somewhere a bit nicer. I like to think I'm quite a classy guy! Something with my missus or my family maybe, something completely different, away from sport and football.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

I used to glass collect at my local cricket club. My parents wanted me to do something, but I didn't ever want a paper round, that was too early in the morning for me. I was about 13 and I didn't actually mind doing it.

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

Yes, my sense of direction is quite good. Even without my sat nav, I can find my way around. I think the lads would be surprised at that because they probably think I'm a bit thick! But I do actually have a bit about me.

What are you most proud of?

Probably how far I've come in football. Deep down I never thought I'd play as many games as I have done so far. When you're younger you dream of being a footballer and I've achieved that and it's something I'm very proud of. 

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

I like to stay active, so it could be golf with the lads or maybe go to Blackpool to the theme park. I buzz off that kind of thing. Anything that involves being outside really.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Oysters. You just down them and I felt like I was swallowing seawater. Absolutely minging! I had them in Ibiza. My missus wanted to try them and I agreed, but I was nearly sick and had to spit it out!

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

Am I allowed to say anything about training?! I best not! Probably getting out of bed. My alarm going off in the morning is horrible.

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

My family. I speak to them everyday.


WOULD YOU RATHER

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

100% I'd skip my birthday.

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

Computer.

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

I'd love to be able to fly.

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

Beautiful house and ugly car.

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

The past, just to see how bad it was!

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

Rich and ugly.

... go sky diving or deep-sea diving?

Deep-sea diving. I couldn't ever see myself jumping out of a plane.

... have a chef or a cleaner?

A chef, I don't mind cleaning.

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