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‘Getting Personal’ with Jay Spearing

25 February 2015

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Jay Spearing 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?

Probably going to watch my dad play. He played semi-professional, so he took me every weekend to go and watch him play from behind the goal and I’d wait for him to finish at the end. He played for Cammell Laird and Vauxhall Motors.   

What sort of child were you?

Sporty. Did anything to do with sport. Always got involved, whether it was football, cricket, rugby – even though the size of me doesn’t help! A bit of everything really.

What are you best at outside of football?

Chilling and doing nothing. No, in all seriousness, I’d say hopefully being a dad. I’ve got a little girl, so most of my time outside of here is spent concentrating on her and spending time with the family.

What would you like to be better at?

Golf. I’m starting to get back into it at the moment, so if I could improve that I’d be happy. I currently play off 12.

What is your most treasured possession?

Carling Cup winners medal. It’s framed and my shirt is signed by all the lads who played or were involved. Also, I’d say my FA Cup runners-up medal as well. Those two are a massive part of my career. Also my Liverpool debut shirt at Anfield against Real Madrid. They’re the main ones.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

I’ll probably get slated for it, but I’ll have to say Stevie G. I spoke to him a couple of weeks back because there’s a game being organised for him to raise money for charity and he got in touch to see if I’d be able to play. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he said yes, so I’m looking forward to it. 

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Probably singing in front of the Blackburn lads on my first away trip after coming here. There’s nothing worse than getting up and singing in front of the lads, trying to think of a song when your mind goes blank! I had to sing Build Me Up Buttercup in the end, but it went down quite well, so I was happy.

Who do you most admire?

Growing up, I always admired the likes of Stevie G. Being a local lad as well, he was someone I always looked up to. In terms of admiring someone, I always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps and get into football, so I’d probably say him.

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

It would have to be my car. We’re lucky enough to be in a position where we get our boots cleaned for us, so I’d have to say my room next and then my boots. 

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

I’d have a right good go. Do what I could to stay alive. I might be small, but I can have a go! 

What kind of people do you dislike?

Arrogant people – people who have themselves. That’s it.

What makes you angry?

I’m not really a massively angry person to be honest. Football-wise, if I feel as if things aren’t going our way and people aren’t putting in the effort to help the other lads out and things like that. And the same goes for myself.

How many close friends do you have?

I’ve got quite a few to be fair. I’m lucky enough to have a good group of lads that I’ve come through primary school with. Mates from back home who have always been there for me, who I’ve stuck with and I still see them pretty much every other day now. So they’re a good group of lads. 

What is the funniest thing that you have seen recently?

Probably just some of the videos that the lads get shown every Friday. They put some videos on the big screen before the team meeting to try and get some cracks. There are some decent ones and some rude ones as well, which I can’t mention! There was a good one the other day of Mike Bassett: England Manager, where a fan is asking him to play a different formation and turns round and tells him to go elsewhere, which was decent.  

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

I haven’t got a clue to be honest. I’ve always done things that I feel are right for myself and my family. There’s not one thing that I could pick out. I’ve just always tried to work hard and get the best out of everything, and just always concentrated on trying to make sure my family and friends are ok.

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

We turned up to a pre-season once in Malaysia at three o’clock in the morning and there was 20,000 fans at the hotel waiting for us! That was something that I didn’t expect and had never experienced anything like that in my life. They waited until the next morning as well, until we came back out again.

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

For some strange reason, I’ve always wanted to jump out of a plane. I’ve always fancied living in America for a bit. Career-wise, you always want to get back into the Premier League, so I’ll say that one as well.

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

No, I’ve been a Liverpool fan right the way through, so pretty much just Liverpool. 

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

Yes, I’ve got a French Bulldog and a British Bulldog. The French Bulldog is called Buzz. My daughter said we could call him either that or Woody, so we chose Buzz. And the British Bulldog is called Pops.

What last kept you awake at night?

My daughter. She came into our bed the other night and kept me up all night, kicking me and everything! It was annoying. 

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

I honestly haven’t got one. Leaving Bolton was a tough decision, of course, but in a way it was a career thing that needed to be done, so I wouldn’t say it was the toughest one.

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

I like Transformers, so if that ever comes on the TV I’ll always watch that.

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

Probably banter-wise, this morning (Thursday). Shane Duffy shouted at me for not passing him the ball when he was through on goal, so probably that.

What business would you love to start?

Property. I’m in the middle of doing little bits and bobs now, so I’m always looking into the building side of it and stuff like that. After football, you always need something to fall back on and if it’s not coaching in football, then obviously property I’ll go into.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

No. I was at Liverpool since I was seven, so pretty much straight after school, from the age of seven right the way through to leaving school, I was going there three or four times a week, so I didn’t do anything like that. 

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

Again, I’d have a good go, but I’m probably not the best with maps. If someone gave me a Sat Nav I’d be alright!

What are you most proud of?  

I’m proud of becoming a dad. It’s something that wasn’t planned, but it’s something that I’ve always been proud of and I’m always proud of her, so it’s something I’ll always cherish and buzz off at all times. 

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

Again, it’s either spend time with the family, taking the missus out or my daughter out, or if they’re busy I’ll go and play golf with the lads. With the hectic football schedule that we’ve got, I just like to chill out, because it’s tough to do anything else. 

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Snails. I’m not a massive fan of that! It’s something we tried when we went to a restaurant once and it’s something I’ll never do again!

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

Could be anything. I was going to say the long drive to training, but I’m car-sharing now, so that’s quite decent to be fair. If it’s anything, I’d probably say the long drive when it’s my turn to drive. My daughter’s three now, but being on dirty nappy duty wasn’t the best when she was younger! But it’s something that’s got to be done.

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

My daughter and missus.

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?

That’s tough that! Rich and ugly.

… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?


… have a chef or a cleaner?

I’ll say cleaner – I don’t like mess.

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