Dom Howson talks sport with Stephen Bywater

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Stephen Bywater, aged 30, is Sheffield Wednesday’s first-choice goalkeeper.

What have you been doing today?

I got my little boy up this morning, got him changed and then I did some yoga, goalkeeping training and now I’m going to go home, eat and put my feet up.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I have got two. My dad because he took me everywhere when I was younger and Les Sealey. Les is someone who I still think of on a daily basis to try and be the best goalkeeper I can be.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I liked Pete Sampras because he just kept on winning everything. He was like a robot. He was great to watch. He just had everything.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Cycling. I love watching the Tour de France every year. It is always on during pre-season so when I get home after a tiring session I always watch it on TV. I plan on going to watch it after I retire.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Probably Robbie Savage. I probably speak to Robbie once a week.

When was the last time you cried?

I can’t cry. I didn’t even cry when my little boy was born! I think I must be immune to all emotions! I just haven’t got that gene in me.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My wife because she raises my children brilliantly. I have got a little boy and girl and she is superb with them.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Do it once and do it right.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I was 12, I started off at centre-half and I liked tackling people. I was better than everyone at school so I always thought I had half a chance of playing football. I played at centre-half until 14 but I wasn’t quick enough to play there so I had to go in goal.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My swiss army knife because if I am at Toys R Us and my kid wants a toy, I would want to unscrew the toy from the box instantly. Nowadays, toys are always screwed to the box they come in so I always carry my knife with me so I can unscrew the toy for my lad to have.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

I don’t really get nervous but I was a little when my missus gave birth for the first time because I wanted her and the baby to come out of it alright.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I never doubt myself. As soon as you start doubting yourself, you might as well pack everything in.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

I think they are good for some people. I’m on Twitter and I use it mainly to keep in touch with my friends when they go travelling. I like to know what my mates are doing.

How do you relax away from sport ?

I spend it with the family. We go swimming quite a lot. I am a family man and I love spending time with them.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I go to Cornwall every year. Sometimes I go for a week, sometimes two. The beaches are beautiful. I will wait until the kids are older before I take them to EuroDisney.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I don’t cook. I leave it to the wife. We are old school. I do all the washing up and setting of the table. She’s an amazing cook. She makes a fish pie which is unreal.

What was the last book you read?

Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It was a good read but it was depressing.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would have probably gone into the army. I would have tried like a bear to get into something like the SAS.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Because I tell the truth.

Favourite TV programme

Dexter by a mile. I got into it a few years ago so I am quite addicted to that.