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‘Getting Personal’ with Simon Eastwood

15 February 2015

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A feature where we get to know the person behind the player...

What’s your earliest memory?

Being at primary school and playing football outside. When I was younger, I used to live down south, so just growing up playing football down there.

What sort of child were you?

I’d say quite an active and sporty child. I liked every sport and then just slowly went towards football.

What are you best at outside of football?

I don’t know if I’m best at it, but I’d say I like being a dad. I’ve got a little girl and outside of football, she’s definitely my number one priority.

What would you like to be better at?

I’d like to be better at football. I think everyone would like to be better at football. I’d also like to be better at cooking. My missus does all the cooking and she moans at me sometimes that I never do anything, so I’d definitely like to better at cooking.  

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I love chocolate and desserts. Chocolate brownies are definitely a guilty pleasure of mine! I need to stop it, but I can never seem able to.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’d probably say my little girl.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

The big guy – Paul Robinson. Because of what he’s achieved in his career, with England etc.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Probably my initiation here at Blackburn – having to sing a song on your first away trip. I did it in Portugal. I sang Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way. It’s quite a good song, but also quite embarrassing.

Who do you most admire?

When I was growing up, I’d say Shay Given. He’s coming towards the end of his career at the moment, but when he was in his prime, he was someone that I looked up to. He was a goalkeeper who was steady every week and never really made a mistake, so I’d say him.  

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

Obviously H (Harry Kenyon) and Carl (Brighty) do our boots. I like to keep my house tidy and then my car’s not too tidy, because me and Chris Taylor travel in together every day and he has no respect for my car! He puts his feet on the dashboard and stuff like that, so the car doesn’t look great after he’s been in there every day!  

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

No, probably not. I’m a bit of a fussy eater. I like nice food, so if it’s stuff that I don’t really like, I can be quite fussy. So I wouldn’t be great in the wild.   

What kind of people do you dislike?

Arrogant people and cocky people. I like people who are down to earth. In all walks of life – you can be the best footballer or the best person at your job, but I don’t think you have to change who you once were. I like to think that people should just keep a steady head and I like people like that.

What makes you angry?

Not a lot! I’d say me and Jordan Rhodes are the two most unangry people you’ll ever meet. I honestly can’t remember the last time I got angry – and that’s in my life! My missus will agree with that. She wants arguments sometimes and I just can’t give them to her.  

How many close friends do you have?

I’d say I’ve got about four or five. From school and from football. Lads I used to play at Huddersfield with. They’ve all moved on, although there’s a couple at Oxford now.  

What is the funniest thing that you have seen recently?

Jason Steele has just had his hair done and the lads get on him, because he loves doing his barnet every day!

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

Best decision was about four or five years ago when football was going quite tough and it was hard to get a club, just to keep at it and believe in my own ability, that I am good enough to do it. Worst decision was probably not concentrating and not trying enough at school.

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

I’d probably say going to Egypt about three years ago with the missus. It wasn’t the friendliest of resorts, so that wasn’t ideal. 

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

A bungee jump, sky dive and go to America for the theme parks, because I like stuff like that.

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

None really. I like Coronation Street, so I’d rather just watch a soap or reality TV, if there’s no football on. Halifax Town was the team I supported growing up and I still always look out for their results.

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

We got my daughter a little rabbit for her first pet and she loves that. 

What last kept you awake at night?

Probably my little girl. She’s teething, so that’s not ideal.

What is the toughest decision you have made recently?

We’re moving house at the moment, so I’d say that.

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

I like Con Air, which is quite often on BBC Three. I also like Step Brothers and Old School – films like that. 

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

Chris Taylor got angry with me a couple of weeks ago when we were training at Ewood Park. I came out to punch the ball and I think I punched the ball and punched a bit of his head! He stayed down and he was sulking for a while, and he didn’t speak to me all the way home until I said sorry to him!

What business would you love to start?

I’ve always fancied doing something after football, although I’m not 100% sure what. I like going in the gym, so maybe my own gym business or something like that would be good.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

Just the usual paper round when I was at school. I did that for a couple of months, but that was about it.

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

My sense of direction isn’t great. I’d probably have to ask someone if I could borrow a sat nav! That would be easier. 

What are you most proud of?  

I’m proud of playing for England Under-18s and Under-19s when I was younger. And just proud of playing for Blackburn and being part of this club. It’s something I want to keep doing. I want to stay here and keep enjoying it.   

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 go to the cinema. Me and my girlfriend go to the cinema quite a bit. And then just spend time with my daughter. She’s 15 months old, so she’s at a good age and it’s nice seeing her grow up.  

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I’d probably say Chinese food. I don’t really like Chinese food. I tried a Chinese a couple of months ago and I wasn’t a big fan! God knows what the dish was called. I prefer pizza!

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

I’m happy with my life. I don’t mind anything, so there’s nothing I’d change.

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

My little girl.

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?

Poor and good looking.

… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?

Sky dive.

… have a chef or a cleaner?


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