Twenty Questions with Darren Baldwin

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Darren Baldwin - looking for positivity, perfection, a new back and Kirsten Duntz!

DarrenBaldwin1.jpgWho are you? Darren Baldwin, Grounds Manager, Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Family status? Married to Kelly. Two girls, Katie 6 and Holly 4.

Who's your hero and why? My boyhood hero was Spurs and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings. I always had aspirations, like most young lads, of being a professional footballer. Whilst I was never going to make the grade, Pat was truly world class.

What is your dream holiday? Gold Coast Australia, very lucky on this one as my brother lives there.

What annoys you the most? Negativity in the industry.

What would you change about yourself? Lose 4 stone for starters! And a new lower back. Wear and tear of the job left me with two prolapsed discs requiring surgery. I now have two wire cages and 12 titanium screws holding me upright!

Who wouldn't you like to be? Easy ... the Head Groundsman at Wembley!!!

Favourite record, and why? The Lightning Seeds. Life Of Riley ( work it out !)

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Er, the wife ... or Kirsten Dunst.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off the mortgages of my nearest and dearest.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? The drums. Big and loud.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? You may not achieve perfection but there's nothing to stop you trying.

What's your favourite smell? Burning Castrol R oil. If you've ever been to Speedway you will know what I mean.

What do you do in your spare time? Watch Speedway, race my quad bikes or spend a day out with my girls.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? What do you do in the summer?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Used to be my Dennis Premier mower, now it's the mobile phone and a laptop!

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Positive, honest and opinionated.

What talent would you like to have? Be able to predict the future!

What makes you angry? Bad drivers (and not the golf ones!).

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Length of prison sentences being enforced. - If a judge gives you 10 years then you should serve 10 years, not out in 5 years for good behaviour!

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