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‘Getting Personal’ with Josh King

18 March 2015

Josh King 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 was just always playing football outside my block and my mum used to shout at me to come home and do my homework and eat some dinner, but I never did! I would say that would be my main childhood memory – just playing football every day.

What sort of child were you?

I wasn’t the teacher’s favourite, let’s put it that way! I was in the principal’s office quite a lot! I just couldn’t be quiet, I loved attention and I just couldn’t sit still.

What are you best at outside of football?

Cooking and table-tennis. I’d say my cooking is quite good. I’ve been on my own since I was 18 and even when I lived with my mum, when I first moved over when I was 16, I liked to cook and I enjoy cooking. I feel that the food tastes better when you spend time on it and prepare it. I like a mixture of everything really.

What would you like to be better at?

Avoiding injuries. When I’m injured, I do what I need to do to get back fit, but I would just like to be better at having a stronger body to prevent injuries.

Tell us a secret about yourself?

(Lee Williamson: There are no secrets about Josh King … apart from his bank account! He’s the tightest man in the world!)

When I was young, my dad always took me to his roots, back in Gambia. So I went there every year and have been about 15 times. Now that I never have Christmas off, I don’t have the chance to go there, so I have a big family over there that me and my dad try to help and take care of.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’ve got loads of things, but I’d probably say my hat-trick ball from the Stoke game. It’s still in my car actually, so I need to get it signed by all the lads!

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

I’ll say Danny Welbeck.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

My most embarrassing moment – there are two. Blackpool at home last season and Norwich at home this season. Coming on and then having to come off injured. It’s embarrassing for me! I hate it!

Who do you most admire?

Thierry Henry. I just liked his whole image – from his goals, to his celebration. He’s so calm, but on the pitch he’s so arrogant and confident.

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

My room, definitely! Boots, we’re lucky to have people who do that for us. I don’t think I would clean my boots if we didn’t have anyone to help us with that! And my car, there’s no point, because it’s always raining in Manchester! When I see sun three days in a row, I might get in my car and go and wash it then! But before that, no way!

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

Am I allowed to bring anything? I’m good at swimming, so I think I’d survive by just swimming to the nearest island!

What kind of people do you dislike?

Fake people. I just can’t stand them.

What makes you angry?

Losing! And not reaching my goals that I’ve set for myself. I set myself very high standards.

How many close friends do you have?

I’d say about four or five close, close friends, from back home in Norway. I have loads of close friends here, but obviously I’ve known them longer.

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

The best decision was moving away from Norway and trying to reach my dream in England. Worst decision maybe not saying ‘no’ the other day when I got injured against Norwich when I felt stiffness in my hamstring, because we had two important league games and Liverpool and the upcoming international. I’ve never had an injury in my left leg and I thought it would be alright, so I’d say that was probably my worst decision. I should have said ‘I should rest’.

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

When I scored a golden goal winner with my youth team, at under-14 level, when we won the league against the team from the other side, East vs. West. That’s the best memory of football that I have.

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

Help my mum and dad out is number one, start a family and play in the Champions League.

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

No, but I really want a monkey! One of the small ones. But I can’t find anywhere to buy them. I might just have to wait until I find one. I’m allergic to most cats and dogs.

What last kept you awake at night?

It must have been a TV show. Right now I’m watching The 100, because I’ve seen everything else. And that’s been keeping me up.

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

I’ve not really made any big decisions lately. My missus will hopefully be moving in with me after the summer, so that’s a big deal.

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

Remember the Titans. I’ve seen that film so many times.

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

I’ve probably annoyed loads of people, but the one I can remember was Dunny last season. I think it was away at Nottingham Forest and he thought I should have tackled someone when I misread the situation. We went in the dressing room, but what happened in the dressing room stays in the dressing room! He’s not shouted at me since that day though!

What business would you love to start?

Properties back home in Norway. I’d like to rent them out so that I have something to live off when I finish playing football.

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

No, nothing.

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

Yes, I’d just use the map on my iPhone! Easy!

What are you most proud of? 

Football-wise, I’d probably say playing for my country, because it’s something every kid in Norway wants to do.

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

Everyone says just chill out and that, but that depends. On a day off, you don’t really have the chance to really have fun, because you just relax, sleep, watch TV series, go for a walk in town, shop and eat. My idea of fun is a bit different to that, but you don’t have the time to do everything in one day off.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I probably ate crocodile or something that I don’t know of back in Gambia, but I don’t know if my grandma would feed me that!

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

Easy, the drive to training!

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

I would struggle without my TV series. I would hate it if I didn’t have any series to watch!


Would you rather...

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

I have a rubbish Christmas and a rubbish birthday every year because over here in the Championship we never get a rest and all my family is back home, so I’d probably say I’ll skip my birthday, because hopefully next year I’ll try and get someone over.

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

Everyone says that they’d rather have a TV, but that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, because on your laptop you can watch TV, so I would rather have a laptop, 100%!

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

Good one! Invisible.

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

Beautiful house and 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?

How good looking are we talking?! Rich and ugly.

… go sky-diving or deep-sea diving?

You won’t catch me sky-diving!

… have a chef or a cleaner?

Chef, easy.

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