Hull City defender Michael Dawson made a surprise appearance at St Mary’s College in Hull recently for a Tie of the Round fixture, showing his support of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup and grassroots football.
During the event, Dawson took on the school’s budding journalists in a Q&A session. Here’s a recap of the questions asked, with answers from Michael Dawson:
If you were to give one piece of advice to an aspiring footballer what would it be?
Really enjoy it. When I left home at 16 and became a youth team scholar at Nottingham Forest they try and get that message across, and if its football or whatever sport it may be, you don’t want to put pressure on kids at a young age. What I would say is enjoy it, play with your mates and see where it takes you as so many people want to be a professional athlete.
If you weren’t a footballer what would you do as a career?
I’m asked this all the time and I just don’t know, all I’ve ever dreamed of doing is playing football. If not I imagine I’d have gone to college and trained to be a professional builder or decorator.
Who is the most difficult player you have ever played against?
Playing in the Premier League on a regular basis means there’s so many with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Didier Drogba that spring instantly to mind. But for me the toughest is Sergio Aguero, at times he can be unplayable and can make you look a bit silly!
Who is the best player you played with?
It has to be Gareth Bale. For me he’s world class and there’s only two other players that fall into that bracket and that’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – and I’d rank Gaz right alongside them as he can win a game by himself like he did on occasions at Spurs.
What subjects did you enjoy at school?
Can we turn the cameras off?! PE, all I wanted to do was sport and couldn’t wait for games in PE and at lunchtime and during break.
What was your best and most important goal?
This should be quite easy, I haven’t scored too many! I think the goal that sticks out for me is against Chelsea (his first professional goal in a 2-1 win in November 2006), it had been so many years since Spurs had beaten Chelsea and I remember Jermaine Jenas swinging a great cross in and me getting a head on it.
What fixture do you look forward to the most?
I now look forward to the Spurs games, having been there for nine and a half years. It was hard to leave but I love it in Hull and will be looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
Before a game, how do you prepare?
It starts the night before with a nice dish of Spaghetti Bolognese, always without fail my wife will be over the stove making that. Plenty of carbs and a bit of garlic bread, lots of hydration and then focus on the game and getting my team three points.
What music do you listen to before a match?
Depends who’s in charge! With mine it’ll probably last about 5 minutes on the stereo. With Curtis (Davies) it’s a bit of R&B, it’s lively and it does a great job of getting the lads going.