Who Are Ya: Glen Taylor

Moors front man Glen Taylor takes his turn in the spotlight as we pepper him with an almost annoying number of daft questions and ask him to entertain us with his answers…

On The Pitch

1 Who is the best player you’ve played with?
James Curtis. Easy. It’s hard because people don’t realise just how consistent he been over th eyears. He’s a great leader on and off the pitch and I think he’s been underrated for how good he is on the ball and how dominant he is. And he’s a great lad too.

2 Who is the best player you’ve played against?
Jamie Vardy. I played again him for Blyth Spartans when he was at FC Halifax Town in Blue Square North so it’s getting on for 12 years ago now, I would imagine. He was just rapid and scored two goals that night. You could tell he had something – you just couldn’t stop him.

3 What’s the best goal you’ve ever scored?
It’s actually been two that I scored back-to-back. It was either my second goal against Sutton in the FA Trophy or my free kick against Darlington. The Sutton one was a long ball into the wide area of the box, and I got it on the touchline and just thought I would smash it. It flew into the far top corner and that made it 3-0 I think which was outrageous. The one against Darlo was in 2017/18 and I hadn’t really taken a free kick before, but we were 1-0 down so I just stood over it and I remember Paul Midgeley was questioning why I was on it! Stephen Brogan tapped it to me and I smashed it into the top corner from 35 yards – and I think everyone was just stunned!

4 When you were playing with your mates as a kid, which player did you pretend to be?
David Beckham. It probably wasn’t even just his football – he was just an icon who had the looks and everything. He was so good looking I think I wanted to be him or as perfect as he was! Haha!

5 What’s your best moment in football so far?
It’s probably my first moment playing in senior football. I remember the manager of West Allotment in the Northern League used to come into our school to do 7-a-sides during lunchtime. I was in Sixth Form, and he wanted me to go and train with them and maybe things could happen – and within four or five months I was starting in the Northern League. When I was 14 or 15 I had stopped taking football that seriously because I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it but finding out I could was a big moment.

Off The Pitch

1 How many tattoos do you have?
I have my mam’s initials. It would have to be something about someone close to me to make me get another tattoo. I am not coming back from Marbella with anything random tattooed on me! I’m too boring for that! Haha!

2 What’s your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption. It’s an unreal film, isn’t it? I think the first time I watched it, I didn’t see how it was going to unfold. When I watch it now, it’s just always still so good.

3 What one thing annoys you more than anything else?
Haha, people that aren’t organised. How can people live their lives like that? How can they survive going day to day? Spontaneous people – I don’t understand them. I have my day, my week, probably my months planned out in front of me, and it bugs me when other people aren’t like that! Haha!

4 What food do you absolutely hate?
I am not a picky eater really but I hate mushrooms. But I will still eat them! The reason is that they put them in things like carbonara which I like so when I see a mushroom coming, I just swallow it down. I don’t like them though – they’re slimy and like slugs. I could never eat one on its own.

5 What food could you not live without?
My favourite food is enchiladas. We always have an eight-pack when we make them at home, and I will have five and my missus would have three. But whenever I am finished mine first, I am looking over at hers and hoping she will leave one that I can have! Enchiladas and all Mexican food is so good.

Background Check

1 What was your best subject at school?
I will say maths because I teach maths now. Organisation and numbers are things that always just made sense to me. I always had a bit of a talent for maths and really enjoyed it – it makes sense, it’s logical. In English you can write anything and get a good mark but with maths it’s just facts.

2 What was your worst subject at school?
Probably English Literature. I just found it quite boring, if I am being honest. I like reading self-development books and autobiographies, but I have never really enjoyed reading something that isn’t real! I feel like it’s pointless!

3 What is the naughtiest thing you did as a child?
I once got arrested for stealing a park bench out of a skip! To be honest, I thought I was doing the fella a favour, but I feel like I got made an example of by the police because the threw me in the back of a riot van and took me away for fingerprints, the lot! I think I was only 15 at the time but the bloke who owned the skip insisted I waited for the police to come, and I was the only daft one who did when all my mates ran off!

4 What was your favourite television show growing up?
Recess. I love that. I used to watch that even when I got to secondary school because I loved it so much. When I got older, I went through a stage of watching ‘Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica’ which featured Jessica Simpson and was the first show of its kind. I got hooked on that and Pimp My Ride too!

6 What was your favourite Christmas present as a child?
I got a yellow BMX one year. I remember coming down the stairs and I just couldn’t believe it. It was pure magic. I can still see it now, sitting there glistening! It was incredible. I was straight outside to try it out and I was still in my pyjamas!

Would You Rather

1 Would you rather be three feet taller or three feet smaller?
Haha. So 3ft or 9ft, then? I would have to be 9ft, I suppose. It’s probably a bad questions for me – but if you asked Gav Cogdon, he would be in minus figures if you took three feet off him! But I would go taller, I would be a massive threat at free kicks, wouldn’t I?!

2 Would you rather be rich and ugly or poor and good looking?
Rich and ugly. I think if you’ve got money, it doesn’t really matter if you’re ugly, does it? You’d still be able to do what you need to do!

3 Would you rather be constantly overdressed or constantly underdressed?
Constantly underdressed. I think I would go with something really comfortable all the time because I am not too bothered about what people think really.

4 Would you rather have no phone for a month or no car for a month?
No phone. I just think phones aren’t that good for you really. I see the people I need to see. At times, I will scroll on my phone but maybe that’s why I would be happy to give it up. I am always thinking about deleting social media but then I think I use it quite a lot for news and ideas.

5 Would you rather always lose or never play?
Never play. I just think if you were getting beat every time you played, you would give up eventually anyway. So, if I didn’t get to play, I would feel like I was sacrificing myself for the good of the team!

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