0 Getting Personal with Ben Kay

Ben Kay - working outside is the best and worst part of the job

Who are you? Ben Kay, Head Groundsman at Fulwood Academy and part-time Head Groundsman at Chorley Football Club.

Family status. Married to Laura for nine years with a boy, Isaac seven and a girl, Harriet three.

Who's your hero and why? Alan Shearer… loved the type of player he was and all the goals he scored.

What would you change about yourself? I would have my nose straightened.

What's your guilty pleasure? Definitely chocolate.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Had no major ones really, but love getting recognition for the work I do.

What are your pet peeves? Goalkeeper coaches … they think they can do what they want.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Would love to go to Dubai again.

What's the best part of your job? Working outside and on my own.

… and the worst? Working on my own!

Do you have a lifetime ambition? Be a multi-millionaire.

Favourite record, and why? Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was my wedding song.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Has to be my wife.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a non-league football club.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? A piano. I'm just a chilled, easy going guy, although I'm sure my wife wouldn't agree.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Gazza, Freddie Flintoff and Jim Morrison from The Doors.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Rory McIlroy ... playing golf everyday has to be the best job in the world.

Do you have any bad habits? Scratching my toes.

... or any good ones? Manners.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? Yes, every night. I don't think in our industry you can ever switch off.

What are you reading at the moment? I'll be honest.. I never read.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? To always make a good first impression.

What's your favourite smell? It has to be fresh cut grass ha.

What do you do in your spare time? What's spare time ... if I do get any it would probably be playing golf with my mates, as I'm too old for football now.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Do you paint the grass two different shades of green.

What's your favourite piece of kit? I could walk behind a Dennis all day.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Hard-working, approachable and likeable.

What talent would you like to have? To be a 0 handicap golfer.


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