Getting Personal with Paul Bradshaw

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Paul Bradshaw - hobbies include junior football and tea parties; if he can get organised!

Who are you? Paul Bradshaw, Head Groundsman at Burnley FC.

Family status? Married to Nikki with a seven year old son Callum and a two year old daughter Chloe.

Who's your hero and why? My dad. He was a lovely, kind man and was extremely brave when diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What would you change about yourself? Well, I'm thinking of going to work in a suit as it seems the only way to get any sort of respect in the workplace!

What's your guilty pleasure? Definately chocolate! Doesn't matter which sort, I love it all.

What do you drop everything for? My family.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Being nominated twice for Championship Groundsman of the year (2010/11 and 2011/12) and having another chance to be a groundsman in the Premier League - this time with a better pitch!

Climate change - fact or fiction? Fact. I'm no expert in this, but things do seem to be changing for the worse.

What's your favourite season? Summer. You can't beat working outside in your shorts and t-shirt with the sun on your back.

What are your pet peeves? Inconsiderate people; and cats fouling in my garden every day!

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Disneyworld... purely for the kids, honest!

What's the best part of your job? Receiving any form of praise for the work we put in.

… and the worst? Being taken for granted too often and not given the respect we deserve.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To see my kids grow up into happy, successfull adults and have lovely families of their own one day.

Who wouldn't you like to be? Anyone who has to work all their life in a job they hate.

Favourite record, and why? She Bangs The Drums by The Stone Roses. Just a great song from my youth and I whack the volume up when it's on in the car.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My Wife, although they're few and far between these days.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Inform my deputy that he's getting promoted!

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Don't put off 'til tomorrow what can be done today.

What's your favourite smell? Not sure about the favourite, but I like the smell of wild garlic. Always reminds me of places I used to play when I was a kid.

What do you do in your spare time? My hobby nowadays is mainly trying to entertain a seven year old boy who wants to play football and a two year old girl who wants to play tea parties, at the same time.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? After our Desso pitch was installed at the stadium, one man asked if it was now an all-weather pitch.

What's your favourite piece of kit? Machinery wise, probably our Toro 5510 fairway mower. Otherwise, the four MU27 baby lighting rigs at the stadium.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Friendly, quiet, but very disorganised!

What talent would you like to have? To be multi lingual, and would also love to play the drums.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Something serious should be done about dangerous dogs. It is time they were all stopped from being bred and wiped out from society. They aren't working dogs, they dont serve a purpose and too many kids are being viciously attacked. I would get rid of them all.

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