Dom Howson talks sport with Liam Cartledge

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Liam Cartledge, aged 35, plays up front for Dinnington Town and he also works as a chartered accountant for Sheffield-based firm Carillion.

What have you been doing today?

I have been working at home on various account spreadsheets. It pays the mortgage!

Who is your inspiration and why?

I’ve got two. David Hirst because I am a Wednesday fan. When I was a young lad, he was in the England team. He had a great left foot. I also loved Marco Van Basten. I remember him scoring one of the best ever goals in the 1988 European Championships.

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

Probably Chris Waddle. I played with him at South Normanton for a year. He was still quality.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I have got a few. On my honeymoon, my wife and I went to America and I watched West San Francisco California in baseball and I have followed them ever since. But I also quite like American football and ice hockey.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

I would say Danny Reet. We are quite close. He plays for Arbourthorne on Sunday’s and used to be at Dinnington. He used to be on Sheffield Wednesday’s books and he also played for Bury, Mansfield and Alfreton.

When was the last time you cried?

I can’t remember.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my wife. She has just got a new job. She has recently become the assistant principal at Shirebrook Academy.

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

Everything happens for a reason. I think you’ve always got to try and have a positive outlook on life.

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

When I first started playing for Dinnington in 2000, I used to play on the left wing but I eventually moved up front and started scoring goals.

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

My phone. I can’t live without it! I have a separate phone for work. I like to keep up to date with everything.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Just before giving my speech at my wedding, I was absolutely bricking it! It went really well. I made a couple of mistakes but nobody seemed to notice.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Yes, but you have got to have confidence in your ability.

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

I am in favour of them but I am careful what I put in.

How do you relax away from sport?

I don’t have a lot of time to relax. I work Monday to Friday and then I play football Saturday and Sunday! I used to play golf quite a bit but I don’t as much now.

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

I went to Florida in August with my wife. We like America a lot and would go again. We want to go to Chicago and Boston too.

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

I do cook. My wife does most of the cooking, though, and I tend to do the washing up. I clean up the mess she makes!

What was the last book you read?

It was Derren Brown’s ‘Tricks of the Mind’. I really enjoyed it.

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

When I was at school, I considered becoming an architect but I did some work experience in it and I realised very quickly that I wasn’t good at drawing!

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

I am not really sure! I think it is because I manage to keep on scoring every week so keep getting in the paper!

What is your favourite TV programme?

The Sopranos. It took me a long time to get into but I love it now.