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Scott Parker Q

Posted on 26 October 2011  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Scott Parker was voted September's Player of the Month by fans here on Xtra, @SpursOfficial on Twitter and via our official page on Facebook.

We asked you to send in your questions for a Player of the Month Q&A and, as always, you responded in style - we had over 500 questions inside two hours!

Obviously, we couldn't ask all of the questions, so here's the best from Twitter, Facebook and Xtra.

Look out from Monday, when we'll poll the fans again for October's Goal of the Month and Player of the Month awards - followed by another chance to quiz the POM winner!

Until then, here's Scott...

What are the main factors that have helped you settle so quickly at Spurs? From Robert Flockton, ‘Robert_Flockton’ on Twitter.

"The main thing is that the lads have been brilliant. It’s been an easy transition for me and the lads have made it easy because they’ve helped me settle in quickly. It’s like any walk of life when you go into something new, I think I described my first day here at training as being like the first day at a new school, it’s quite nerve-wracking. However, when people are so warm towards you, players and staff, it’s a massive factor in terms of settling in."


Your partnership with Luka Modric has been hailed by fans as one of the best in the Premier League. What do you think of Luka? From Brendan Moorhouse, via Facebook.

"I said last season when I was at West Ham what I thought of Luka as a player and I’m now delighted he’s alongside me and not against me. He’s a brilliant footballer and we’ve got many, many technically gifted players here. It certainly makes life easier for me playing alongside someone like Luka and it’s probably unfair just to say Luka, there are so many talented players here."

Who was your football idol growing up? From George Sessions, ‘GeorgeSessions’ on Twitter.

"Paul Gascoigne. I used to watch him a lot and he was everything you wanted to be as a footballer when I was growing up. I remember the 1990 World Cup, Gazzamania and he was just a fantastic footballer. Gazza was the one I looked up to."

Who lightens the mood most in the dressing room? From Matthew Spencer, ‘mattyspencah’ on Twitter.

"I’d probably say Sandro. To be fair, he has an absolutely great personality about him, really warm and he's got a lovely way about him. He’s always happy around the place, a real positive vibe about him, always cracking jokes or trying to make people laugh. So I’d say Sandro."


How was your first North London derby? From Harry Hunt, ‘harry_hotspur’ on Twitter.

"I’ve got to say it was pretty special. I’ve always watched this derby from afar and people have told me all about it but you never get a real feel for it until you are involved. The atmosphere was something special and on the day we won the game and got the three points, that made it more even more special. It’s a memory that will stay with me for a while."

How did the McDonald’s advert come about and what affect did it have on your early career? From Ryan Pavey, ‘Fenners1979’ on Twitter.

Note: Scott appeared in the advert for McDonald's playing keepy-uppy with the ball, the advert appeared during the 1994 World Cup...

Scott: "The agency dealing with McDonald’s contacted Charlton and asked if there was anyone who could do plenty of keep-ups. Charlton put me forward and I went to auditions at Pineapple Stadios in London. There were about 50 kids there but to be fair, a lot of them were actors, kids from the acting schools. I did an audition and got the part. I did the advert a few weeks later. In terms of the affect it had on me, it was quite difficult really. I was 13, I’d just moved to secondary school and had to put up with plenty of teasing. But overall, it was a brilliant experience."

Have you ever been to Canada? From ‘mikeyz82’ on Twitter.

"Yes, twice. I went when I was a lot younger because one of my mum’s sisters used to live in Vancouver, so we went to visit when I was about 10. I then went to Toronto a couple of years ago with West Ham on tour."

Who is the hardest midfielder you’ve played against? From Jack Bagley, ‘Jack_Bagley’ on Twitter.

"In terms of physically tough, I’d say when I was first starting out and played against Patrick Vieira. It was always a physical battle. He’s a big man and he used to let you know that in the way he played, skilful as well. In terms of most skilful, I’d say Eyal Berkovic. Maybe it was because I was young at the time, I played against him and he was very hard to mark, technically a very good player."


What film have you watched more than any other? From Andy Horle, ‘andyhorle1’ on Twitter.

"It’s probably the film ‘Big’ with Tom Hanks. When I was a kid, I’d go as far to say as that I must have watched it every day. I have the same thing with my kids now, I’ll put something like ‘Toy Story’ on and they will want to watch it constantly. You think ‘aren’t you bored of that now?’ but of course, as a kid, you never are!"

Would you ever consider a haircut like Sandro? Kenneth Krey, ‘kennykrey’ on Twitter.

"No! I don’t think I could pull off a hairdo like that, it needs someone like him to do that!"

What position do you think we will be in at the end of the season? From Jack Lim Jit Sin via Facebook.

"The manager has stated that we want to try and be in the top four and I think on our day we can beat anyone. If we continue to play as we are at the moment, keep being solid away from home, we’ve certainly got enough in the squad to get into the top four and if not, more than that. I honestly think we can have a real good go this season."

I’m flying to London to watch us play at Fulham. Do players think about the crowd at matches, and that fans travel in from all corners of the world? From Carlo Andersen, Copenhagen, email via Spurs Xtra.

"I’m certainly aware of the crowd and I think all footballers know that the fans have travelled in from everywhere to be at the game. If I’m not playing, I’ll take my little boy and walk to the stadium and you see all the people gathering, having their burgers, buying programmes and you think this is what’s happening when I’m in the changing room, all the people coming to watch the game. So yes, we are aware and we’re all grateful for that support."

Do you have a ritual before matches for good luck? From Luke Teddybur Balint via Facebook.

"No, not really. I wear a pair of socks under my main socks, that’s the one thing I always do, but that’s about it."

As one of the older players in the team do you feel you have more responsibility in helping the younger players coming through the ranks? From Scott Metherell, via Facebook.

"Yes, I think so. I always look back at when I was coming through and the senior players I looked up to at Charlton and now that’s turned around, I’m a more senior player in the squad and there are younger players coming through, so there is a responsibility in terms of conducting myself in the right way and always helping the younger lads if they want my help. I’d be more than willing to help and always there if they wanted advice."


What is your most memorable footballing moment? From Kyle Freeman, ‘kylewozere007’ on Twitter.

"A few years ago at West Ham, we were struggling under Gianfranco Zola and played Wigan at home, a massive game and I managed to score and we got a vital three points. That stands out. Then with England, the Wales match at the Millennium Stadium (March, 2010) was a massive game for many reasons, special for me to represent my country and making my debut under Fabio Capello. I’d go for those two at the moment."

Have you ever had the opportunity to play abroad? Would you have always stayed in the Premier League even if that opportunity came along? From Dan Moriarty, via Facebook.

"I think I would always stay in the Premier League. I’ve always said that certain players are suited to certain leagues and certainly the way I play is suited to the English league."