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‘Getting Personal’ with Chris Brown

12 January 2015

Chris Brown 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 think it was falling off the back of my chair when I was about four or five. I’ve got a scar under my eye and I just remember how much it hurt. I was just at home having my tea and I was swinging on the back of my chair and I fell through the glass doors and had to go straight to A&E. I’m lucky still to have my eye, because as I fell through, some glass came down into my eye. Not a very happy first memory.

What sort of child were you?

I think I was a little brat, according to my mum. I had a very annoying scream and I was always hungry. I’ve got two brothers and apparently I was the worst out of the three of us.

What are you best at outside of football?

I’d say FIFA. I’m probably the best at the club. We played on the pre-season trip to Portugal and that sorted the wheat from the chaff! 

What would you like to be better at?

I’d love to be able to sing or play an instrument. There’s still time for me to learn how to play an instrument – maybe the guitar – but I think I’d like to be able to sing.

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I’m a really bad sleepwalker. I haven’t done it in a while, but I’ve always got it in my locker! I’ve never shared with anybody on away trips, because they refuse, because I’ve got some good stories from the past. One in particular, the last time we played Charlton, I must have dreamt that someone was in my room, so I picked the duvet up, sprinted towards the door and legged it down the corridor, with a sweat on, at 3am in the morning. And as I was running down the corridor, a hen party were just coming in! As they turned round and looked at me, that instantly woke me up! So then I had to walk back to my room and obviously I was locked out, but luckily there was a phone, so I rang the hotel porter and told him that I was stood there, in my pants, and could he come and let me back into my room!       

What is your most treasured possession?

I think it would have to be my shirt from my league debut for Sunderland against Leeds. We won 1-0 at Elland Road, so it was a good day.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

I think now, probably Jimmy Bullard. I went to Vegas with Jimmy a few years ago and he’s a really nice lad. He’s got time for anybody, he’s obviously very funny and he made the trip really. I thought he was brilliant on I’m A Celebrity – exactly how you expect him to be, very friendly and people love him. 

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

That hotel incident when I was sleepwalking!

Who do you most admire?

Obviously with my dad being a footballer, I always used to watch his tapes and you always want to follow in your dad’s footsteps don’t you? So he’s always somebody that I looked up to.

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

I’d say my football boots, because the other two are always messy. You’ve got to keep your boots clean!

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

No. I don’t like spiders and I don’t think I could look after myself, in terms of finding things to eat.

What kind of people do you dislike?

Flash and arrogant people.

What makes you angry?

Losing on FIFA. I really don’t like losing. And when people don’t say thanks once I let them through when I’m driving. That really gets me angry.

How many close friends do you have?

Four or five. I’ve got a few lads from back home, who went to my school, that come down quite a bit and every time I go back home, we always have a good laugh. And then I’ve got lads who I’ve played football with who I’m still in contact with quite regularly. 

What is the funniest thing that you have seen recently?

Chris Taylor’s post-match interview at Charlton last Saturday! It was like someone’s recorded him having a conversation with his mate! It was hilarious, so probably that.

What are the worst/best decisions you have ever made?

I was at Man United when I was younger and I lost all my confidence. I was 14 and I think if I’d stayed, I would probably have just fallen away. But my old coach from United, Ged McNamee, invited me to go to Sunderland. I went there and after my first training session, I seemed to get my confidence back, so I think that was my best football-related decision. I think my time at Norwich was probably the worst time, just because I was young and I’d moved away from home and I didn’t have the best of times on or off the pitch.     

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

I think I got chased by a barracuda when I was in Mexico! We’d been out snorkeling and we were making our way back to a jet-ski and it just came shooting towards us, so it was every man for himself! Bodies were everywhere … my dad left us behind! 

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

I’d like to travel the world, buy Chris Taylor some nice gear and raise a healthy family.

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

No, not really. Obviously I like Sunderland, but there’s no other sports that I’m really that passionate about. 

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

We had two family dogs in the past, but I haven’t taken that step yet. My girlfriend wants a French Bulldog, so that might be just around the corner. 

What last kept you awake at night?

Probably this game I’ve got on my phone, called 2048. I can never put it down. It’s hard work, but it’s very addictive.  

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

Deciding what to get my girlfriend for Christmas. I opted for some loungewear and a coat.

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

Forrest Gump. It’s just easy watching, there’s bits in it that still make me laugh, it’s funny it’s quite sad as well, so it’s got everything.

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

I think Tayls (Chris Taylor) has been on my case a little bit. I just like winding him up! Tommy (Spurr) as well, he always gets disappointed with me if I’m winding him up. Just little things though.  

What business would you love to start?

Maybe a property business or a coaching academy back home. That would interest me a little bit.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

Just the standard paper round. I didn’t really enjoy it, but it got me a little bit of pocket money. I would have been about 13 or 14 at the time. I used to do it before school and on Sunday mornings. I was reliable, but I hated it.

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

Yes, I think I could. I was alright at Geography at school!

What are you most proud of?  

I think probably playing for Sunderland – my hometown team.

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

Just spend time with my girlfriend and with the lads. Going for nice meals. Getting back to see the family. And if the weather’s nice, a game of golf.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Crocodile. Neighbourhood in Manchester did an ‘I’m A Celebrity’ Australian special and I had crocodile. It was tender and tasted a bit like chicken.

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

I hate shaving. It just takes up unnecessary time and mess, and I don’t really enjoy it.

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


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?

Be invisible.

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

Beautiful house.

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

Into the future.

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

Poor and good looking.

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


... have a chef or a cleaner?


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