Just like my last guest Nathan Ellington, I watched Nigel Quashie many times at Stamford Bridge growing up, so it’s a pleasure to be able to ask him some questions today! I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being able to ask Premier League footballers questions!
Quashie had a 20 year playing career, from 1995 to 2015. He started his career at QPR, and went on to play for Nottingham Forest, West Brom, West Ham, Birmingham, Wolves, and even spent 3 years as a player-manager in Iceland.
Today’s guest also played for rivals Portsmouth & Southampton. In fact he moved from Portsmouth to Southampton to link up with manager Harry Redknapp again. Not only did he play for both of the south coast sides, he actually captained both, proving how much of a leader he was on and off the pitch.
Nigel Quashie also played 14 times for Scotland, after switching allegiances from England. He played 4 times for the England u21’s, however was eligible to play for Scotland, the nationality of his Grandfather.
A strong central midfielder, Quashie was massively underrated in my opinion. An excellent ball winner, and fantastic passer of the football. It takes a great player to play over 300 English League games, and to play for his country!
To the questions…
One player you were starstruck playing against?
Quite easy. Eric Cantona.
A pre match superstition?
I would also send a text message to my mum pre game! Just a text to make sure she was ok before I went out to play.
The best player you have exchanged shirts with?
Andrea Pirlo. Scotland v Italy 2005.
What do players actually talk about when they cover their mouths?
It could be about a referee’s decision, or anything really! With so many cameras anything you say can be taken out of context, so it’s easier to cover your mouth!
Best football ever? And why?
Mitre Ultimax! The first ball I ever used in the Premier League!
Once again a huge thank you to Nigel Quashie for answering my questions! It really is surreal that I’m able to do this, so I’m very grateful!
Be sure to check out Nigel on social media using the buttons below, and his coaching site http://www.ipda-quashie.co.uk