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A-Z: Joe Nuttall

The striker discusses hiding from dogs, perfecting items in the Rovers changing room and Lewis Travis’ fakeness...

16 May 2019

This season, we're introducing a new feature, bringing Rovers fans that bit closer to members of the current first-team squad.

The idea is simple: 26 questions, one for each letter of the alphabet, with subjects ranging from the players' favourite holiday destinations to the strangest things they've ever seen.

Next up in A-Z is Joe Nuttall, who discusses hiding from dogs, perfecting items in the Rovers changing room and Lewis Travis’ fakeness...

A – AWAY -What is your favourite away ground that you've played at?

I was on the bench at Celtic Park for Aberdeen. The place was bouncing and I remember the atmosphere being amazing, so go for that one.

B – BANTER – Who's got the best banter in the squad?

It’s either between Charlie or Bull [Craig Conway]. When you listen to Charlie, his stories are hilarious. I think he adds a bit to them but if they’re funny then they’re funny!

C – CLUB – What football team do you support?

When I was younger I supported Manchester City. I still support them but not as much as when I was younger.

D – DINING – What would be your last three-course meal?

I’d have calamari for starter, maybe a prawn or lobster linguine for the main, followed by sticky toffee pudding and cream for dessert.

E – EVENINGS – A quiet night in or a night out with the lads? Why?

I’ve got to say a quiet night in, I’ll get in trouble with the missus if I don’t!

F – FOREIGN – What's your favourite holiday destination and why?

Without a doubt it’s Dubai. It has everything you want – beaches, good weather, restaurants, things to do. It’s my favourite place.

G – GAME – What's been your favourite football game you've ever played in?

Probably my debut for Rovers against Fleetwood. I came off the bench and scored in the game, so it’s right up there for me.

H – HOBBIES – What do you like to get up to away from football?

I play golf in the summer but I’m not very good. I like to play Fifa and Fortnite on my PS4. I’m good at Fifa but not great at Fortnite. I play with Trav, John Buckley, Matty Platt. Trav and Matty are alright but Bucko’s not.

I – IDOL – Who was your favourite footballer as a youngster and why?

Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry. They both couldn’t stop scoring and were unbelievable strikers.

J – JOBS – Have you had any other jobs aside from playing football?

No, I haven’t even had any work experience. If I wasn’t a footballer I’ve no idea what I’d be doing, probably a labourer of some sort.

K – KID – What were you like as a young boy?

Quite troublesome, but I’ve matured and I’m pretty chilled now. We won’t mention how my GCSE’s went!

L – LOATH – What annoys you the most and why?

Trav’s accent. He goes from where he’s from in St Helens to then going deep Scouse. He’s a fake Scouser!

M – MUSIC – What sort of music are you into and what's your favourite ever tune?

Hip-hop, rap, RnB, that sort of thing. My favourite tune would be Bob Marley – One Love.

N – NICKNAME – What's the best nickname you've come across in your footballing career?

Trav again. He gets called ‘Teeth’ because he has fake teeth. I’m sure they’re fake...

O – OPTIMISM – What would you like to achieve in your career?

To play at the highest level I can and to represent my country.

P – PETS – Do you have any pets?

I don’t. I can’t stand animals. The little ones creep me out and the big ones don’t make me feel safe. I don’t see the point in having animals at home, but I don’t mind going to the zoo. I’ve never had a dog or a cat and even if the missus wanted a pet it wouldn’t happen!

Q – QUALITY – Who's the best player you've ever played with or against and why?

I played against Callum Hudson-Odoi earlier this season and he stood out for Chelsea. He’s now in the England team and it’s great to see him doing well. I played with Bersant Celina at City, he’s now at Swansea and technically he’s very good. Dacky’s special as well, so go for Dacky for this one.

R – RAPID – Who's the quickest player you've played with or against?

Probably Brandon Barker. He’s now at Preston, but I played with him at City and he’s very similar to Joe Rothwell. Brandon has pure pace, once he gets going you can’t stop him.

S – STRANGE – What's the strangest thing you've seen in your life?

Jacob Davenport’s OCD. I sit next to him in the dressing room and see it every morning. His watch, his underwear, his wash-bag, it’s all in the same place every single day. His hair is always perfect with not a hair out of place.

T – TELEVISION – What do you like to watch on the TV and why?

Documentaries. I like learning about interesting things. I enjoy crime stuff so I’ve watched Making A Murderer, the Madeleine McCann documentary, Evil Genius. I have enjoyed Power and Breaking Bad and at the moment I’m into The Walking Dead. I started it years ago but never finished it so I’ve got back onto it now.

U – UNKNOWN – Tell us something that people don't know about you.

I was once bitten by a dog and had to hide up a tree for a good 20 minutes when I was younger. I was nine or 10 at the time. It was a terrifying experience.

V – VIDEO GAMES – Do you own a games console and if so how often do you play it?

I own a PS4 and play it three or four times a week. I don’t play it as often as I used to.

W – WORLD – Where would you most like to visit in your life?

I’d like to go to somewhere in America. I’d go to a few different places over there. I’m going to Miami this summer.

X – XYLOPHONE – Can you play any musical instruments?

I can play a couple of tunes on the keyboard but nothing too memorable.

Y – YIKES – Do you have a fear of anything?

Big dogs. I don’t trust them and feel uneasy around them.

Z – ZODIAC – What's your star sign?

Aquarius.


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