Growing up, you’ll always remember certain players and clubs. Wigan Athletic was one of these teams. I was around 8 or 9 watching a rampant Wigan team win promotion to the Premier League in 2005, and anyone who watched Wigan during this time, will recognise my guest today.
Nathan Ellington was one half of a lethal strike partnership, alongside Jason Roberts. During the 2004/5 Championship season, the duo managed to score a whopping 45 goals between them. Ellington finished as the league’s top goalscorer, hitting the back of the next 24 times, finishing ahead of the likes of Teddy Sheringham and Darren Bent.
It’s not often you get a chance to have a chat with a player you admired so much growing up, so I’m thrilled and grateful to Nathan for allowing me to ask him some questions!
Have you ever been starstruck when meeting, or facing another professional? If so who?
Yes. I remember during my time at Bristol Rovers, we played Manchester United, and David Beckham was playing. He was one of the biggest up and coming players at the time and the first time I was ever starstruck!
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Did you have any superstitions before playing a match? If so what were they?
I used to always put my right sock on first, right leg in my shorts first etc, but this isn’t really a superstition, it’s a part of my religion to always put your right side into your clothing first.
One that really fascinates me! The most talented player you have ever exchanged shirts with? And how do you go about asking?
I would say Rio Ferdinand! During my time at West Brom we played against Manchester United at Old Trafford. It was a bit of a strange one really. Our sons are actually in the same year at school so I see him often. I just asked him at the end of the game if he wanted to switch shirts. He agreed and gave me his. It was quite funny because I didn’t think he’d want mine! I asked him, and he said ‘Of course!’. It just surprised me that he wanted my shirt!
What do players actually speak about when they cover their mouths? Is it really that secretive?
To be honest I don’t actually know why players cover their mouths. It never used to happen in my day. I think it’s down to the media picking up on anything that players say, and creating a story from nothing. It could just be about them wanting a move that the media would just blow out of context.
And finally, in your opinion, the best football EVER? And why?
The best footballer ever is Ronaldo. R9. If you could choose anyone on their day, it would be Ronaldo. Defenders couldn’t get near him. You hear the talk about Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but R9 turned up in any league and competition, especially the World Cup. On his day, no-one even comes close!
Thank you again to Nathan Ellington for letting me quiz him! It’s always a pleasure to talk to professional footballers, especially those that I’ve watched!
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