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‘Getting Personal’ with Ben Marshall

24 February 2015

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Ben Marshall is the next player in the hot-seat for our new feature where we get to know the person behind the player...

What’s your earliest memory?
I remember my dad taking me to football training on a push bike. I had to sit on the pole in the middle with a towel over it! I think I was about six. It was for Bar Hill Juniors in Salford.

What sort of child were you?
I wasn’t particularly quiet and I used to get on with everyone. I was always up for having a game of football and doing stuff with my mates.

What are you best at outside of football?
Probably sitting on the couch at home in front of my log burner! 

What would you like to be better at?
Golf. I get the chance to play, but not as often as I would like. I play off about 12 at the moment.

Tell us a secret about yourself?
I used to dress up with my sisters when I was younger. We played a game called Pretty Princess. To win you had to have all the jewellery, crown and everything on. So, yeah, I used to dress up as a girl! I’d say I was getting bullied by my two sisters, but I have to admit, I did quite enjoy it! 

What is your most treasured possession?
I’d say my England shirts I got playing for the Under-21s.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?
Probably Rhodesy (Jordan Rhodes). He will love that I’ve picked him!

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Well the Princess thing is probably up there! Actually, recently I had to tell the car school that I was leaving and moving up to a little village near Blackburn. I shared a lift into training with Tom (Cairney), Corry (Evans) and Browny (Chris Brown) from Manchester way and it was quite embarrassing telling them I was moving in with my missus instead.

Who do you most admire?
That would be my mum and dad. They have really helped me out and if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be playing football at all.

Your room, your football boots and your car – which do you clean first?
Car first, then football boots and probably my room last.

Could you survive in the wild on your own?
Yeah, I reckon I’d be alright. I definitely know how to get a fire going. I have a log burner at home and I’m pretty addicted to that at the moment. You feel like a man when you get a fire going! Also, I near enough eat anything, so that wouldn’t be a problem either. Eating something that was alive wouldn’t bother me.

What kind of people do you dislike?
I’d probably say people that lie. That annoys me. And arrogant people.

What makes you angry?
I’ll tell you exactly what makes me angry – the toilet roll holder in the dressing room here at Ewood! Every time you pull it, it just snaps off. So it would be good if someone could look into that please…

How many close friends do you have?
Quite a few really, back home and in football. When you are at clubs, some people are just team-mates, whilst others are your friends. 

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Can it be something you’ve done to someone else? Well, Yann Songo’o kept on hiding my shoes and my clothes, so I went to Sainsbury’s and I bought a big sea bass and put it in his pocket! He was looking for me for a couple of days after that and I went into hiding. He wasn’t too happy about it, but it was very funny.

What is the worst/best decision you have ever made?
The best decision was definitely coming to Blackburn. I was closer to home and all round I’ve just been happier with life here. The worst, well I had to travel from Manchester to Leicester every day whilst I was there, so that wasn’t good for me in training. Things might have been different if I’d moved a bit closer, but I wanted to stay at home.

What has been your most bizarre life experience?
I’ve always lived in Manchester, where it’s busy and I fairly recently moved to a village called Hurst Green. It was something I never imagined myself doing. It was bizarre at first, but I like it now and I’m glad I did it.

What are three things that you would like to do before you die?
Number one, have a Jägerbomb with Jordan Rhodes! If I have a son, watch him play for England one day. And finally … retire to Las Vegas!

What other team(s) do you support?
Well I’m a Manchester United fan, always have been since I was a little boy. All my family are too. I look out for the other teams I’ve played for, but I wouldn’t say I support them.  

Are you an animal person? Do you have any pets?
Yes, definitely. I’ve got a dog called Bex, she’s a Japanese Akita. My mum also has a dog that used to be mine – a little Jack Russell – so I’ve always had pets.

What last kept you awake at night?
The last time I didn’t sleep it was because I had a headache. But apart from that I’m a pretty good sleeper. I always try and get an early night.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?
Probably moving here. It was tough because I didn’t really know what to expect. However, it’s definitely paid off for me and it’s helped me on the pitch too.

What film, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?
Happy Gilmore. It’s the only film I’ve ever watched to the end then started it again straight away!

Tell me about the last time a team-mate got angry with you. What happened?
It tends to be other people getting angry with me in training. Like Yann!

What business would you love to start?
I own a few student houses at the moment and I’d like to get a few more of those. I’d like to be a manager after I finish playing, but business-wise it’s definitely property. You can’t go wrong with bricks and mortar as someone once told me.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?
I once worked with my dad as a bricklayer. He said if I worked with him for a week he would buy me a new phone. I think I only did three days, but I still got the phone, so that was good. 

Could you find your way around a foreign country using just a map?
With a map on my phone, yeah. I’m not sure about a paper map – I’m pretty useless at reading those.   

What are you most proud of? 
Coming this far in football. Seeing all my family watching me and enjoying it is 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’d probably go to the Trafford Centre with my missus. Go for some food, watch something at the cinema and then take the dog for a walk.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
My missus’ Thai green curry. I’m not sure what it was, but it certainly wasn’t green! It was her first time making it, but it was a bit weird. 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Getting ice baths, especially whilst it’s been cold over the last few months. I usually have them every other day and they are a bit of a killer.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My log burner. I’m not saying my family because then I’ll have to start listing everyone, so my log burner.

Would You Rather ... 
... skip Christmas for a year or skip your birthday for a year?

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

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

… 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?

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

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

… have a chef or a cleaner?
I’ve already got both in my missus! But I’ll say a chef.

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