Question Time: Matt Hamshaw

Former Owls star Matt Hamshaw
Former Owls star Matt Hamshaw
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Matt Hamshaw, aged 31, is a development phase lead coach at Rotherham United. He also plays for Stocksbridge Park Steels and spent seven years at Sheffield Wednesday.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve been in the office all morning, but it’s going to get busier: Our under-15s play Sheffield United later on and the under-12s and under-13s are training this evening.

Who is your inspiration?

My family. They’re the ones you draw inspiration from andb who help you out, especially during tough times and in defeat. Also I was a big Rotherham United fan when I was younger and used to idolise Bobby Williamson. He used to bang in the goals on a regular basis. ‘Hot-Shot Bobby’ they used to call him.

What’s your other favourite sport?

Golf. But I haven’t got as much time to play as I used to when I was a professional footballer. I’m a big fan of Tiger Woods.

Who is the most famous person on your phone?

Chris Brunt and Glenn Whelan, who both still play in the Premier League. I’ve got a few old managers as well.

When was the last time you cried?

Probably watching my two daughters at swimming and dancing competitions, but they were tears of joy. I can’t remember the last time I cried through sadness.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My two girls aged three and five. They’re still a bit too young to be interested in football, but they do a lot of running around and they’re always throwing things.

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

I played for England at youth level and we always used to say to each other ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail.’ If you’re not organised and well-prepared, you’re less likely to succeed.

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

When clubs start ringing up and asking you to attend trials, you realise you can’t be that bad at what you do. A lot of clubs were interested in me in my younger days and I was offered contracts by Man Utd, Wolves and Wednesday. Obviously, I chose Wednesday.

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

My phone. Now I’m working in the youth department at Rotherham my phone never stops ringing.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

I used to get nervous before matches. I don’t usually get nervous, but it’s a good thing to get a little nervous before games - if you don’t, it suggests you don’t care as much as you should!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I think everybody doubts themselves sometimes. It’s worse when you’re younger but, as you get older, you’re obviously a lot more experienced and have been through all kinds of situations.

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

I haven’t got a Facebook account, but I’m on Twitter all the time! My wife thinks I spend far too much time on there. I have become a little addicted to Twitter.

How do you relax away from sport?

Spending time with my wife and two kids. We enjoy family holidays and seeing different places together.

Where was your last holiday?

We took the kids to Blackpool to see the Illuminations. It was fun, but we probably won’t be going back there too quickly! We’ve got a holiday in Turkey planned for July.

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

I’m getting a lot better at cooking but it’s usually the ‘traditional’ steak and homemade chips. My wife does most of the cooking though!

What was the last book you read?

I’m reading Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography. I also read The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, which discusses whether you are born with talent or if you develop it.

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

A PE teacher. I’ve always loved working with younger children and helping them develop.

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Geordie Shore! I just can’t believe what goes on.