0 Getting personal with Todd Mathews

HanleyCastle ToddMathewsTodd Mathews - A levels can wait, there's a cricket wicket to prepare ... after a night out with Nicole, obviously!


Who are you? Todd Arthur Mathews, Assistant Groundsman at Hanley Castle & Upton Cricket Club.

Family status? Single, youngest son of three, mum (Caroline), dad (Grant) and brothers Barton (23) and Rory (20).

Who's your hero and why? Graeme Swann, as I'm also an off spinner and would love to drift and turn the ball like him.

What would you change about yourself? Get school work done as a priority before other jobs!

What's your guilty pleasure? Food: chicken korma and onion bhajis from Pundits in Upton upon Severn, what a restaurant; see my review on Trip Advisor.

What do you drop everything for? Sport, particularly Cricket on 5; no Sky TV in my house!

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Playing a round of golf at Loch Lomond and seeing the difference between first class and local facilities and the difference in maintenance, cost and quality there can be.

What are your pet peeves? People not understanding the amount of work required to prepare a pitch, and people advising you about groundwork who have never even started a mower in their life.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? I would like to go to watch the autumn renovation of the square at Lords, maybe even help a little?

What's the best part of your job? To produce pitches for me, my friends and my family to play on.

… and the worst? Pushing the covers on and off and trying to second guess the weather, which is greatly affected by the nearby Malvern Hills. Generally, having no control of the weather and it completely ruining you work plans.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To be Head Groundsman at a County Cricket ground.

Favourite record, and why? Constant Conversations by Passion Pit.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Nicole Scherzinger.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Invest some of it in the cricket club's facilities; roller, wicket mower etc.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? Double bass: working hard in the background, crucial to the overall tone.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? The greatest risk in life is to take no risks at all.

What's your favourite smell? Freshly cut grass.

What do you do in your spare time? Play cricket, golf - I am a junior member at Puckrup Hall Golf Course (Tewkesbury) - and tennis.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? What does that mower do?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Atco Groundsman, as I enjoy making stripes on it.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Sporty, kind, fun.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to read minds.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Learn to drive at 16; get rid of OFSTED as it is too much stress for my teacher parents!

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