Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ask The Player!!


Slap..Slap...Slap...

What's that noise you cry? Why it's old Bigus patting himself on the back.

Again I am going to continue my summer excursion behind the closed doors of football and that's right blog fiends....you are all invited. You are a lucky bunch!

Earlier this week you got a little glimpse of what it's like to be youth coach for the greatest football team on the planet. John Revell kindly answered your questions and satified your insatiable thirst for behind the scenes footy training knowledge.

How could that be trumped, Bigus? I'll tell you how, readers. How about if you got to quiz ex-footballer and current BBC Radio pundit Neil Adams? Would that do it for you?


.....I thought so.


Neil taking on bin man Geraint Williams (Current Colchester manager)



Neil Adams played on the right 182 times for Norwich. He also played for Everton, Stoke and Oldham. Click here for his Wikipedia page (I am sooooo lazy!). Neil was the designated penalty taker during his time at Norwich, missing only once. He was voted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2002.

Neil currently works for BBC radio Norfolk and covers every Norwich game live alongside Chris Goreham. He is pictured here with Roy Waller.


Neil is visiting the NY Canaries this Saturday evening for some beers and some...beers.

While I have his attention I will be asking him YOUR questions so get em in early. Email us or leave your comments below. Keep em clean and interesting. Hear that Goat? CLEAN! Oh, and make 'em interesting too.

The smart ones amongst you may even be able to dig up some web tidbits and come up with juicy questions involving an incident with a certain manager....My lips are sealed!

Get busy!


-Bigus.

20 comments:

The NY Kid said...

Dear Neil: How do you feel about Glen Roeder?

The NY Kid said...

Wait, he missed a PK for the Toffees against Charlton Athletic, and they lost by 1?

Neil, what would you give up in order to have made that kick (and thus have a perfect PK record)?

Bigus Dickus said...

He wouldn't have been aware that a penalty that early into his career would effect his pk record!

Comon guys..You can do better. A pro footballer! Dressing room bust ups...Chemistry. What manager did you hate? Did you ever fight another player? Come on!! I am disappointed!

The NY Kid said...

Ah, but looking back now, how much does that miss bother him?

And we know which manager he hates! ROEDER!

Ian said...

Does Norwich have a shot in hell of getting promoted this year, or are they doomed to a life of Colaship mediocrity?

Bigus Dickus said...

I will ask him.

Goat said...

I'm neither clean nor interesting. I guess I'll just have to sit on the sidelines for this one.

Keith said...

OK- serious question time:

As a professional player, how do you maximize training time, so as to maintain a high level of match fitness without burning yourself out over the course of a long footballing season?

Goat said...

Did you ever shag a model?

Andrew said...

Stay classy, Goat.


What's the biggest difference between playing in the First Div/Prem and playing in the Championship?

ΓΌ75 said...

Were there any days where you said to yourself, "I have no desire to put on that ugly kit ever again."?

Sorry, bigus.

Bigus Dickus said...

Bastard! Neil never played in the 93 bird shit kit. Before his time!

Spectator said...

Okay, serious questions:

1) At what age did you realize that you were talented enough to make a career out of playing football?

2) Who is the opposing player you most despised?

3) What are your thoughts about the "internationalization" of top-flight English football and do you think it has had any effect on the Championship?

Matt said...

1. During away games, do you have to stay in the stands to take Canary Call, or is there a press room like at Carra Rud?

If the latter, are there a whole bunch of commentators all taking calls from fans (and some complete idiots)?

2. Follow-on question: Can you recall your favourite arguement with a Canary Call "fan".

3. Can you tell my girlfriend to leave me the hell alone when the football is on the radio? (and I mean ALL the way through to Chris's manager/player interviews at the end)

Goat said...

Since he's going to be in the US perhaps you can ask him what he thinks of soccer in this country--both MLS and the national team (if he thinks of them at all)--and why many Brits seem to look down on US soccer fans (although it's quite understandable why the look down on American soccer players).

jjf3 said...

Bigus,
what's your take, and maybe Neil's as well, on the Cullum(?) interest in the team that the BBC is reporting on? Maybe I missed it during the previous transfer window, but is this an ongoing story with legs, or is it just much ado about nada? Per the BBC story, it sounds like an ideal situation - a now-rich fan who is willing to bankroll his team to greater glory while understanding its not a typical "business"...or is this just PR and he's looking to cash in if they can get promoted, a la Gretna?

Or am I just a stupid American for even thinking anything other than competing PR teams are at work?

Just curious, and mildly surprised I hadn't seen anything from you yet...

Precious Roy said...

Since he does radio in Norwich, could you maybe ask him to get us Alan Partidge's autograph?

jjf3 said...

Totally separately,

What does Neil think is the underlying difference as a player (or now as an observer, too?), between guys who can make it in the EPL vs guys who can succeed in the Colaship...there is clearly a dividing line, but I don't always "see" the difference - is it sheer speed, effort/workload, ability to "see" field, or does it ultimately come down to finding the right "team/system" that fits your skills? I guess the ultimate question is it a) personal, or b) team? And that's probably too simplistic a question to even ask, I realize, but is there a "general/generic" answer that fits "most people"...

Eladio said...

As a former player, what's his thoughts on foreign ownership of not only EPL teams, but Championship and lower levels. Does that affect players at all, or is it just something for the fans and media to whinge about?

Also: If, at the end of his career, he felt he had 1 more year left and the only team offering him a contract was Ipswich, would he have played for them?

Bigus Dickus said...

Eladio....The answer to that last question will be along the lines of...."I'd rather sccop my eyes out with a blunt object." I hope....

jjf3. I have been avoiding the takeover. It is very public but the details of Cullums offer to the board is not exactly clear. Cullums intentions are good but Delia took a poor club and turned it into a sold out ground with restaurants and bars...etc etc..She has been superb for us and sunk in 9 million of her own money she wont get back so for all the fans to suddenly say "take the offer and let him have control" is a little out of order. Lots of people have short memories. I remember crowds of 13,000 and a rickety old south stand! Delia will only step aside if its right.

We shall see what happens and it will be interesting....