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These are a few of my favourite things – James Shan

16 April 2015

Gascoigne, Bintang Beer, Mario Kart and much more

OUR Under-21 boss faced the questions this week and gave us some intriguing responses.

So, Jimmy, what is your favourite…?

Moment in football?

I’m going to say just being able to work in football every day.

Goal you have ever seen?

Marco Van Basten’s goal for Holland at Euro 1988.

Game that you have been involved in?

An FA Youth Cup tie at the Madejski Stadium against Reading a few seasons ago. We beat them 2-1, but they were probably the better team. We had to make sure we were right tactically and we executed our game plan brilliantly to win the tie.

Player of all time?

Paul Gascoigne.

Away ground?

The Emirates.

Football kit owned as a boy?

One of Liverpool’s old ones, the one which had Crown Paints on the front of it.

Pair of boots?

Copa Mundial’s, they are just so comfortable. They are traditional, and like slippers.

Person at the club to play a prank on?

Mark Naylor, the goalkeeper coach, 100%. I’ve got an absolute corker. He was seeing a girl years ago, way before he met his wife. I decided to set up a fake Facebook account, the girl was single but I pretended to be her boyfriend. I sent him a message saying that I needed to speak to him. It was quality.

World Cup memory?

David Platt’s goal for England at the 1990 World Cup in Italy against Belgium. The state of the game at the time and the execution of the finish was just brilliant.

Childhood memory of football?

A pitch invasion at St Andrews. I don’t know who Blues were playing but my dad took me down there when I was about six. We were meant to be going to Coventry v Liverpool at Highfield Road but it was sold out so he had to take me back to St Andrew’s. We stood with his mates and they were all a bit loopy and during the game there was about 27 pitch invasions.

Childhood memory?

Waking up one Christmas morning and finding a Commodore Amiga behind the curtain. Back in the day they were quality computers.

Lesson at school?

All of them. I loved school, it was quite good banter. I wasn’t very good at the subjects I just enjoyed them all!





Piece of advice you have been given?

Don’t eat yellow snow.


Bintang Beer. It is an Indonesian beer and it’s beautiful.


Steak and chips.


Miller and Carter.

Chocolate bar?


Holiday destination?




TV show?

Only Fools and Horses. Every single episode is hilarious, it’s quality! Del Boy is the man.

Sport other than football?

Spikeball. We found out about it at the start of this season via Twitter and we had a set sent over to us. People play it on the beach in America. There is a trampette and a ball and you play in pairs, trying to bounce the ball off the trampette. It is great fun, great for endurance and great for agility.

Thing to do to relax away from football?

I like to go jogging and enjoy spending time with my family.

Computer game?

Mario Kart.


Wonderwall by Oasis.


Eminem or Professor Green.


I love Range Rovers.

Book or magazine?

Albion News. I have never actually met Dave Bowler, I don’t know where his office is or where he operates from, but I would like to meet him one day to congratulate him on his fantastic programme.

Foreign football team?


And finally… your favourite moment at the club?

Winning the Nike Cup in 2009. The Nike Cup is a great competition so to win it was really special.

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