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David Stockdale: questions and answers

last updated Saturday 11th January 2014, 11:27 AM

Fulham keeper David Stockdale
Fulham keeper
David Stockdale
David Stockdale
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale talks about his obsession for classic cars, angling in peace and how former Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel is his all-time sporting hero.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman?

Probably a white van driver, or something to do with cars. I'm a bit of a classic car nut.

Who was your sporting hero?

Peter Schmeichel at Manchester United - as a goalkeeper and the type of person he was on the pitch.

Highlight of your career?

Getting my first call-up for England in February 2011. It's the pinnacle of football to be called up for your country, although unfortunately I didn't get a cap.

Worst moment?

Being released by York City when I was 18. You can't see another way back in and it's hard to take. That was the lowest of the low. Obviously being from Yorkshire you don't get a lot of sympathy: it was go down the pub for a pint and then look for a job! And that's what I did.

If your house was burning down, which possession would you save?

My cars are outside, so I would save my grandma's clock. It's a gold, wind-up one that I inherited when she passed away.

Favourite song?

We had Your Song by Elton John when I got married, so that always brings nice memories.

What's the one programme you can't miss?

There isn't one, really. I watch so much rubbish. I like Fast N' Loud or Chasing Classic Cars on the Discovery Channel, though.

Can you cook? If so, what's your best dish?

Yes - it's probably steak. No chips - just a full steak with potatoes.

Last film you saw?

Flight starring Denzel Washington. It was very good.

Favourite place to go on holiday?

At the moment it's Center Parcs in England. Everyone else seems to jet off to Dubai but I'm happy taking the kids there.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you?

Sean Bean because he's from Yorkshire. I couldn't have someone playing me with a southern accent. A lot of the lads would probably suggest England cricketer Freddie Flintoff because they all think I look like him.

If you could invite three famous people, dead or alive, round for dinner, who would they be?

Peter Schmeichel, Tony McCoy and Ayrton Senna. They were, and are, all competitive and had an edge to them. Now that's a pretty powerful table, isn't it? I bet there would be plenty of shouting.

Tell us a secret.

I'm a little bit of a closet angler. I like to get away from everything by going away for a couple of days, turning my mobile phone off and enjoying some fishing. I got a grass carp in France weighing at least 37lb last year.

Source David Kent at Daily Mail
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