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‘Getting Personal’ with Corry Evans

4 May 2015

Midfielder Corry Evans is the final player in the hot-seat this season in the feature where we get to know the person behind the player...

What’s your earliest memory?

That would be nursery school. I remember my dad dropping me off there one day and I really didn’t like it, so I think he had to come and pick me up again because I wouldn’t stop crying! I went back eventually, but I never really liked it.

What sort of child were you?

I was pretty quiet and chilled. Sort of how I am now really. I think I was quite a good child and I loved playing football.
 
What are you best at outside of football?

Probably FIFA. A few of the lads would tell you that too, especially Marshy (Ben Marshall) and Rhodesy (Jordan Rhodes). And probably Browny (Chris Brown) as well. We all play it, but I’m number one! We usually just pick random teams – I don’t play as myself! We will take it to hotels on away trips and play against each other.

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I only did four years of high school instead of five. When I moved over here from Northern Ireland, because the school systems are slightly different and because of how my birthday fell, I went straight from Year 7 to Year 9. I was quite happy about that!
   
What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my shirt from my debut for Northern Ireland. I have kept hold of that. It was away in Italy and I was only 18 years old at the time. It was a great experience, playing against the likes of Gennaro Gattuso and it was a really good game. 

Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?

I wouldn’t really say I had any star names. It’s just mainly the lads here, my mates and my family. 
 
What has been your most embarrassing moment?

I wouldn’t really count it as embarrassing, but I came in recently and got quite a bit of stick off the lads for a new haircut I had. It was mainly David Dunn, but I think he’s just a bit jealous because he’s going grey! (Enter Rudy Gestede) “He looks like Captain America – before he got big obviously!”

Who do you most admire?

Probably just my mum and dad for being good parents. I have a daughter and I’ve seen first hand how difficult parenting can be.

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

Boots first because they get cleaned here, then room and finally car – I always have empty bottles all over my car. I probably only get it cleaned every couple of weeks.

Could you survive in the wild on your own?

I’d like to think so, I’d certainly give it a go. I could handle snakes, but I’m not keen on mice or rats. 

What kind of people do you dislike?

Flash or arrogant people. People who think they are better than they are.
 
What makes you angry?

When TC (Tom Cairney) and Browny are late for the car school in the morning. They will usually come up with some silly excuse, but I think they have just usually slept in.

How many close friends do you have?

Just a couple really. I’m very close to my family and family friends. Apart from that, just a couple of lads that I have remained close to from other clubs and youth teams. 

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

Best decision would be leaving reserve team football to go and play in a first team. You always want to be out playing in front of crowds. I had got to the stage where I needed to go out and test myself. I don’t really have a worst decision, I don’t think I look back and regret anything.

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

Traveling. Going to see different parts of the world. Maybe around America or Australia. Or even Thailand. I want to have more kids. I’d also love to qualify for a major tournament with Northern Ireland. We are actually quite close to doing that at the moment. We are currently in second place in our group, just one point off top. It would be a great achievement for such a small country. 
 
What other team(s) do you support?

I grew up supporting Man United and Glasgow Rangers. When you come from Northern Ireland – you are either Rangers or Catholic and I was Rangers. I still look out for United, but not so much Rangers anymore. I did actually go to the last Old Firm game earlier in the season up at Hampden Park, but it didn’t go too well, as Celtic battered Rangers in the cup final. 
Are you an animal person? Do you have any pets?

Nope. I’m actually allergic to cats, dogs, horses … you name it, I’m allergic to it! I did used to have a little dog for a while, but it was like a non-allergy one. However, I had to give it up because I’m away too much with football and it was best being with someone who had more time.

What last kept you awake at night?

My daughter being ill. That wasn’t too long ago.

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

Stepbrothers with Will Ferrell. It’s a classic. Or maybe Man on Fire with Denzel Washington. 
 
Tell me about the last time a team-mate got angry with you. What happened?

That was Marshy. I think it was against Rotherham. I was telling him to get back into position, but he was injured at the time, so he wasn’t too happy with me.
 
What business would you love to start?

Probably some kind of property business. That’s something that interests me when I finish playing. 

Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?

No, I didn’t have any jobs when I was younger. I did chores around the house and got a bit of pocket money for that, but that was it really.

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

Yeah, I reckon I could. How hard is it to read a map really? To be fair, I do use my sat nav in the car, but once I’ve been somewhere once or twice I can pick it up and know where I’m going. 
 
What are you most proud of? 

Playing for my country. It’s a great honour to represent your country. I always dreamt of doing it when I was younger, so to actually achieve it was amazing. Going out in your country’s colours with the whole nation behind you is something else.

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

When I get the chance I like to go and play golf. I’m quite into films so maybe go to the cinema and go shopping. 

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I went to Kenya when I was about 14 years old and we went on safari. After the safari we went to a restaurant and they had us eating zebra, crocodile, ostrich – basically everything we had just been looking at! My stomach wasn’t the best for a couple of days! The crocodile was actually quite nice – it tasted like chicken. 
 
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Avoiding traffic in the mornings. Rush hour traffic, school traffic, work traffic – sometimes I sit there for half-an-hour without moving. 

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

My family. We are very close and they are always there for me.

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?
Laptop.

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

… 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?
 Into the future. 

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

… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?
 I’ve done deep-sea diving so I’d give sky diving a go.

… have a chef or a cleaner?
Cleaner. I don’t mind cooking.

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