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Meet The Netley Boys - One at a time

A monthly, light-hearted interview with a member of NATA.  

Please note - these views expressed in these interviews only reflect those of the individual concerned, and do not represent NATA as a whole.  This is the only section of the site where club football is mentioned - if you are likely to be offended by this, please don't read on.

November 2001: Helen (The Dizzy Blonde)

Helen on a rare excursion out of the hotel in Lithuania - see Q1 Roi Badouin - best stadium visited?  See Q3 Helen (with Paul) on matchday in Brussels - see Q5 Wloclawek - no rush to go back.  See Q7


1. First home and away matches? 
Away - Lithuania 1998 in Vilnius - 0-0 draw.  We barely left the hotel as the city streets weren't too safe at night, and we were still a bit naive at travelling.

Home - Estonia 1998 at Tynecastle - 3-2 win.  This included drinking on the Gorgie Road in pubs with no ladies' toilets and 8 year old pool hustlers.


2. Best away trip? 
Tied between Latvia and Croatia, though I think Croatia just edges it.  Prague can't have been too bad, as we're about to go back later this month to see the Czechs play Belgium.


3. Best foreign stadium visited? 
Probably Heysel, as it's the biggest away ground I've seen Scotland play in.


4. Best foreign pub/club visited? 
Too many to chose from! Top three I loved the Hobbit in Zagreb, A La in Riga and Halloween in Brussels. The Pub Medyk in Bydgoszcz was also very good.


5. Describe your usual match-day attire
Mini kilt (one of three that I currently have), Scotland T-shirt (more recently a NATA skinny fit t-shirt), and a Scotland fleece.


6. Is there anywhere you have seen Scotland play that you would like to go back to? 
Zagreb, Croatia, without doubt. But I also wouldn't mind going back to Vilnius, Lithuania, to see how it's changed in the last 3 years.


7. Where have you have seen Scotland play that you would NOT like to return to? 
I could live with never having to go to Bydgoszcz or Wloclawek in Poland ever again, Wloclawek for the U21's being the one I would least like to return to.


8. And where do you want to go to (but haven't yet)?
Just about the whole of Europe, but preferences would be Hungary (Budapest), Denmark (Copenhagen), Switzerland and Finland (Helsinki). So if the draw for Euro 2004 could be fixed.......?


9. Who's the best Scottish player that you have actually seen? 
Gary McAllister, or Ally McCoist (see Q22), who I saw play in the Lithuania game.


10. Who's the best opposing player you have actually seen? 
Thierry Henry when he played for France (although I don't remember too much about it) or Jan Koller who came on and one the game for the Czechs in Prague.


11. Who would you most like to see succeed Craig Brown? 
Until last week it would have been Gordon Strachan, but now he's not available, I'm not too bothered as long as it is someone Scottish. George Burley would be good, but unlikely to take the job at the moment.


12. Favourite Scottish home and away kits of all time? 
Home - the current one, and away - the pink one that was worn in Estonia.


13. … And your least favourite? 
The worst kit of all has to be the white shirt with purple and red on the shoulder.  As for home kits I'm not too keen on the tartan one (Euro 96) or the rugby style shirt (Italy 90).


14. What is your favourite and least favourite Scotland chant/song? 
Favourite - the Diego Maradona song, and least favourite - don't think I have a least favourite! Probably the anti-English songs.


15. Which have been the highest and lowest points of supporting Scotland? 
Lowest - winning at Wembley and still going out to England.

Highest - beating England at Wembley, and the late winner in Latvia was pretty good too.


16. Favourite domestic stadium? 
Biggest and best - Highbury (Arsenal), Favourite - The old Dell (Southampton) and Ashton Gate (Bristol City). Worthing's Woodside Road is another favourite for different reasons, and is only 5 minutes from the house


17. Best domestic match ever attended? 
Southampton 3 Arsenal 2 season 2000/2001 - the last game at the Dell and Matt Le Tissier scored the winner and final goal at the Dell.

Apart from that Worthing 1 Dover 0 after extra time in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup a couple of seasons ago, to see them through to the first round proper.


18. Favourite chant/song heard at a domestic match?
As written by Wee Bernie from Auchinleck:

If you want to go heaven when you die
You've got to wear a Worthing jacket and a tie
And you'll wear a little bonnet
With we hate Bognor on it
If you want to go to heaven when you die

Singing I am Rebel, not a Rock
I am a Rebel, not a Rock
Singing I am a Rebel
I am a Rebel
I am a Rebel, not a Rock.

Worthing's nickname is the Rebels, and Bognor's is the Rocks.


19. Best domestic pub/club? 
I'm not good at just choosing the one, so here's a list (in no particular order):
  • The old William Wallace, round the corner from the current one in London
  • Angel In The Fields, which is 5 minutes from the WW on the main road to Bond St tube.
  • Waggon & Horses, in Surbiton (SW London) - a favourite Worthing fans stop-off
  • Famous Sals - a Mexican theme pub in Milngavie
  • The Scotia & The Clutha Vaults - where we drink in Glasgow City Centre.
  • The Cricketers - in The Lanes in Brighton, right next to where Paul used to work.
  • The Full Moon (before it had its refit) - in Brighton again, another real old man's pub now lost to a trendy theme pub chain.


20. What are your pet hates? 
Filling in questionnaires like this. 

Bognor Regis Town FC (The Green Slime)


21. What makes you chuckle? 
Hearing that Bristol Rovers and Bognor have lost, and watching Paul falling asleep drunk in pubs (his new trick).

22. You're stranded on a remote island in the Hebrides. Before the ship went down you managed to salvage some belongings (to help you pass the time until you're rescued) including…

1 book?  Any old trashy crap by Danielle Steel or similar
1 magazine?  New Woman
1 album?  60's compilation
1 film?  Grease
1 beer?  Hofbrau Export, or "boring, boring" Fosters. Staropramen in Prague's not too bad either, especially at 20p a pint.
1 spirit?  Stolichnaya vodka (with Schweppes lemonade - not Polish style)
And 1 famous member of the opposite sex ?  Ally McCoist. Otherwise it would be between Kevin Davies (the fat Southampton winger), Harrison Ford, Sean Connery or Beppe from Eastenders.


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