0 Getting Personal with Niall Gibb

FawleyPC NiallGibb2Niall Gibb - if you could just squat down and stroke the grass, that would be perfect!


Who are you? Niall Gibb, Head Groudsman at Fawley Parish Council.

Family status? Married to Elizabeth, with two children, Ross 10 and Holly 4.

Who's your hero and why? Davie Cooper. When I started as a kid playing football I wanted to be a winger like him. Such a joy to watch.

What would you change about yourself? Be taller.

What's your guilty pleasure? Wine.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Working for the team I support, Glasgow Rangers. Being part of the support teams at Loch Lomond Golf Club for World Invitational and Scottish Open. Being part of the support team at Wentworth Golf Club for the BMW PGA Championship, a course I always wanted to visit growing up and watching on television. Runner up in IOG Public Sector Sports Ground of the year.

What are your pet peeves? Photos in trade magazine where they squat down with their hand on the grass! [We've taken note, Ed,]

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? America.

What's the best part of your job? Hand cutting golf greens.

… and the worst? Report writing.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To visit America.

Favourite record, and why? I'm a massive music fan and there are so many to choose from: The Jam, Down In The Tube Station At Midnight is one of my favourites; just a great story. Madness, The Prince, as this was the first concert I ever went to back in the 80s. The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored. I could be here for weeks!

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My wife, hard to get a night together with work and kids.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Probably faint first.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? Drum, as the wife says I keep banging on about things that are on my mind.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Paul Weller, The Modfather; Jack Black for music and a good laugh; and Dave Grohl, musical genius.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Dave Grohl. Play drums and guitar well.

Do you have any bad habits? I leave magazines and newspapers in the toilet - annoys the wife. Forget to come home on time from a night out.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? No, not worry, but sometimes think over what we will do.

What are you reading at the moment? Hard copy or online? Telling Stories by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? The Green Cross Code. Kept me safe.

What's your favourite smell? Freshly baked bread.

What do you do in your spare time? Play veterans football, golf, and learning guitar and spend quality time with family.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Had a few, but one that sticks out was when a greens chairman asked if we could use salt on the greens to defrost them.

What's your favourite piece of kit? Verti-Drain or Ryetec scarifier/collector.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Honest, assertive, friendly.

What talent would you like to have? To be a great guitarist.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? A total ban of dogs on sports pitches. Nothing worse than children or groundstaff being covered in doggy doo!

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