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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.

January 2002: Susan (The Sick Chick)

Mad people who make you miss trains - see Q2 Stade Lescure in Bordeaux - best stadium visited - see Q3 Want to go back and look at toilets?  See Q6 Wloclawek welcomes the TA - see Q7


1. First home and away matches? 

Home: vs East Germany 1985. Went with a bunch of guys from college one of whom I subsequently married!

Away: Birmingham 1996 or if this doesn't count France 1998. My trip to Bordeaux was made complete when a woman with her family came up to us and said "Bordeaux is sad but when you are here you make it live"


2. Best away trip? 

Prague and Poland in different ways. 

Prague is the most beautiful city I have seen and there was a real party/holiday atmosphere, a wonderful thunder storm and oh such cheap beer: what bliss.

Poland was great because of all the wonderful and "interesting" local people we met who plied us with alcohol, challenged us to table football and made us miss our train but then looked after us wonderfully.


3. Best foreign stadium visited? 

Le Stade Lescure, Bordeaux: probably not the best but the one I liked the most.


4. Best foreign pub/club visited? 
  • Bar Amsterdam, Riga: on the fringe of the action when a break was required.
  • Brugs Beertje, Brugge: over 300 Belgian beers (say no more!)
  • Molly Malones, Prague: good music, nice fire (needed for Prague in November)


5. Describe your usual match-day attire
Mini kilt, t-shirt/jumper, Dr Martins, mini sporran.


6. Is there anywhere you have seen Scotland play that you would like to go back to? 
Prague: have gone back since minus Scotland to see Czech Republic vs Belgium and this trip was great too. Not sure about going back with Scotland as the trip would have so much to live up to.

Riga: particularly to check out the toilets at the stadium which hosted the under 21's last time - amazing experience and one I will not forget in a hurry AND to see if we can drink the place dry again.


7. Where have you have seen Scotland play that you would NOT like to return to? 
Wloclawek, Poland: great welcome from Poland's finest!!  Also had the wonderful experience of missing the last train back to Bydgoszcz Blaming no one in particular: you know who you are!!


8. And where do you want to go to (but haven't yet)?
Hungary for a "Hot Night in Budapest", Croatia, Russia, Bosnia in fact most ex-eastern bloc countries.


9. Who's the best Scottish player that you have actually seen? 
Gordon Strachan.


10. Who's the best opposing player you have actually seen? 
Thierry Henry.


11. Who would you most like to see succeed Craig Brown? 
Jim Leishman: at least we would get some entertaining interviews, some passion and maybe even a sonnet or three.


12. Favourite Scottish home and away kits of all time? 
Current home and the yellow away.


13. … And your least favourite? 
  • Away: white with purple and red on shoulder.
  • Home: haven't really got one.


14. What is your favourite and least favourite Scotland chant/song? 
  • Favourite: "Everywhere we Go" and "Flower of Scotland"
  • Least favourite: "Hey Baby" which is not exclusively a Scotland song which is part of the reason I don't like it the other is over exposure in Belgium


15. Which have been the highest and lowest points of supporting Scotland? 
Highest: Euro 2000 play-off against England at Wembley

Lowest: as above and World Cup 1982 exit on goal difference (sound familiar?). This was the first time I really felt a Scotland loss. Also Euro 96 exit because of THAT goal.


16. Favourite domestic stadium? 
Pittodrie and Boghead (alas no longer with us).


17. Best domestic match ever attended? 
Nearly all Dons v Celtic or Rangers in the Golden Years


18. Favourite chant/song heard at a domestic match?
  • "Flower of Scotland" when the Dons play Rangers.
  • "Walking in a Winters Wonderland": which hopefully means the Robbie is having a good match for a change.


19. Best domestic pub/club? 
  • Filthy McNastys, Aberdeen
  • Glenisla Hotel Bar: our local at our castle retreat!
  • Pandoras, Glasgow
  • In the past The Clyde Bar, Helensburgh: good for live music


20. What are your pet hates? 
  • People thinking I am invisible and walking into me.
  • Supermarkets
  • Non-serious neck ties
  • People thinking veggies eat ham or anything organic
  • Children.


21. What makes you chuckle? 
  • 1970's football shorts
  • Robbie Savage being noised-up
  • Fernando Ricksen

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?  Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Tolkien (3 for the price of 1) or Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch
1 magazine?  Car
1 album?  S&M, Metallica
1 film?  Lord of the Rings (but only once they are all out), Braveheart or Trainspotting
1 beer?  Miller Draft (bottle)
1 spirit?  Morgans Spiced Rum (& coke)
And 1 famous member of the opposite sex ?  sorry, not good at picking one of anything but particularly difficult here so this is my list:

  • James Hetfield, Metallica
  • And for something a bit "alternative" Brian Molko, Placebo
  • Fran Healy, Travis
  • Billy Dodds (sad I know)
  • Kelly Jones, Stereophonics
  • Tony Wright, Terrorvision
  • And I know it can't be now but Stuart Adamson who encouraged everyone, but did not convince himself to "Stay Alive" RIP



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