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‘Getting Personal’ with David Dunn

23 March 2015

David Dunn 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?

Probably playing football or cricket with my granddad in the drive at home.

What sort of child were you?

I think I was alright. Probably quite chirpy and a little bit cheeky maybe. Just a usual kid really, wanting to play football and sport all the time. I wouldn’t say I was that interested in school, but I wish I had been a little bit more now. 

What are you best at outside of football?

Most of my time away from football is spent with my kids, so I’d probably say being a dad, but I’m not sure my missus would agree!

What would you like to be better at?

Although I think it’s a strength to speak your mind, which I do, I think I’d probably prefer to be more politically correct with certain things, but I don’t see it as being a real problem.

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I had septicaemia when I was little and nearly died! If it wasn’t for my granddad picking me up a certain way with my elbow, I probably wouldn’t be here now. I think I was about eight months old and got it from food poisoning. Needless to say, I don’t have my mum’s food anymore!

What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my England cap or my England shirt from the game against Portugal. In fact, not so long ago, I thought I’d lost it and I was gutted, then it turned up in my granddad’s loft, so I was delighted with that. It nearly brought a tear to my eye when I found it! It means a lot to me, especially as I was playing for Blackburn at the time. Your first ambition and dream when you’re a young kid growing up is to play for your hometown team and once I’d done that and I was doing well, an international call-up comes to play for your country and as someone who was born in Blackburn and played for Blackburn, I thought it was obviously a very good achievement.

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

The biggest star name in my phone book would be either Ricky Hatton or Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Needless to say, the infamous trick! Although it always brings a smile to my face. I just wish they’d show some of my better tricks a bit more often! To be honest, I’m still a big believer that if you don’t try things they won’t come off. Unfortunately for me, it took a bobble and hit my other leg! But it still seems to be one of the funniest moments.

Who do you most admire?

I would probably say my granddad. Not just because of what he’s done for me, but for the way he is as a person as well.

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

We’re quite lucky here that we don’t have to do our own boots, but with my little lad playing football now, I tend to do his – so it’s gone full circle and I’m back to cleaning boots again! I keep trying to tell my little lad that he should do his own, but he’s not really having that. I’m not too fussed about my car and I’m not very good at cleaning my clothes up at home, I tend just to hang them up on the chair in the bedroom.  

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

Yes, I think so. I think Bear Grylls would get me through that!

What kind of people do you dislike?

Dishonest people. People that don’t tell the truth. People that tell you one thing to your face and then do another behind your back.

What makes you angry?

Probably the same as the above! I think it’s better just to confront things head on and be honest.

How many close friends do you have?

If you’ve got more than you can count on one hand then you’re very lucky. I’ve got a couple. My best man at my wedding was Wayne Gill, who’s at Fulham now. I’ve probably got about a dozen really good mates in football, who I speak with often and we’ll always be good friends. I’m also lucky that some of the lads I grew up with, who I was an apprentice with and used to knock about with, we’re still quite pally, so I think it’s good to have that.

What is the funniest thing that you have seen recently?

I’ll tell you what I thought was brilliant, which really got me, is something called the Hot Crazy Matrix on YouTube. I thought that was a very good watch and made me laugh.

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

At the time, I thought it was good in certain ways to leave Blackburn, but if I could have chose it again, I probably wouldn’t have left for Birmingham when I did, because it was over nothing much really. I think if me and Souey (Graeme Souness) could have just sat down, I’m sure it would have been quite easy to sort, because there wasn’t much to sort out. Best decision, recently, was probably to do all my coaching badges before I retired. To get those qualifications whilst I’m still playing. 

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

I’ve got a bucket list in my diary at home. I’d like to go on a world cruise, learn sign language and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I’ve never been able to ski as well, so the first thing I’d probably want to do when I retire is go skiing. 

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

Within football, I obviously follow Accrington Stanley. Outside of football, there’s not really any. Boxing is the other sport I follow the most.

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

No, I’m not really a big lover of animals. I like dogs, but I don’t like cats. With the job we’re in, it’s just too tying and I don’t think it would be fair to have any pets. I’m sure the kids will pester me for one in the future.

What last kept you awake at night?

Every night – the kids! My little boy doesn’t sleep too well, so he’s always up. 

What is the toughest decision you’ve made recently?

I’ve not really made any tough decisions recently. I might have to make one in the near future though. We were going to move house, but we decided to stay, which was probably a good decision. It was difficult for my wife, because we were going to go to Durham, where she’s from, but it suited me to stay.

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

The Godfather. I just love it. It’s a great film. If that’s on, I’ll always watch it.

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

Probably me whinging! It could be a number of them! But I don’t suppose there’s anything wrong with having high standards is there?

What business interests do you have?

I’ve got a few little things that I do. Obviously houses. I do quite a lot of houses up and rent them out. A couple of other things, but nothing too much. 

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

Yes, I worked in a takeaway. I used to deliver pizzas when I was an apprentice! It actually doubled my wage, so that wasn’t too bad. 

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

Yes, no problem! I used to like Geography at school and was good at orienteering.

What are you most proud of?  

I would say my children. I’ve got two boys and my little lad likes football, so I love going to watch him play. Although it can be very frustrating at times!

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

Depends how many days off we get. To be honest, I don’t really do too much anymore, because of the kids. Your time is so consumed with them. So I just like to spend time with the family.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Cow’s cheek. At Gleneagles in Scotland. I wasn’t too keen on eating it, but it was actually very nice! 

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

Going in the medical room. Obviously if I didn’t need to go in there it would be great.

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

I hate to say it, but probably my phone.

Would you rather...

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

Birthday.

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

You can watch TV on your computer, if that’s allowed?

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

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?

Future.

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

I’ll probably go with good looking and poor.

… go sky diving or scuba diving?

Scuba diving.

… have a chef or a cleaner?

Chef.

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