Bob Westerdale talks with

Vill Powell
Vill Powell
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Vill Powell, 33, veteran football striker, Sheffield FC luminary, training advisor. Had a short time with Sheffield Wednesday.

What have you been doing today?

Inductions for the unemployed, discussing the training options available and how my company can help them get the skills to get back into work.

Who is your inspiration?

My Mum, an honest hardworking humble woman who never complained. She had a massive heart and always showed strength and solidarity in adversity.

Which sports star did you admire when growing up?

John Barnes not for his football although he was brilliant winger but for his music; the Anfield rap truly a classic!

What’s your favourite other sport?

I enjoy watching boxing and would have taken that path if it wasn’t for football. I also enjoy Badminton whenever someone is brave enough to play me.

When was the last time you cried?

My mum recently passed away so I regularly cry in private whenever I reminisce about everything she was and is.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Mum, for being able to come to England with nothing and achieve something. For me it must be scoring a hat-trick at Wembley before the Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United Cup semi and winning the FA Trophy with Grays Athletic.

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

I’ve learned from experience rather than advice but it would have to be something my mum used to always say: “The very least you can do is try doesn’t matter how bad you are, no one can ever have a go at you for trying hard”.

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

In football it was when Clive Baker of Sheffield Wednesday told me at 15 I would sign professionally at SWFC which I did. In work it was when I got my first promotion.

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

My Iphone as it’s my entertainment and social centre.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When I stepped up to take my penalty in the FA Trophy final of 2005 at Villa Park and missed - we still won!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time probably too much it keeps me on my toes and focused.

What is your view on social networks?

I see it as a way to take the Mickey out of a friend or stay in touch with friends from across the pond.

How do you relax away from sport?

I spend a time with my family and go to the cinema when I can but most days or evenings are dedicated to sport.

Where was your last holiday?

Greece. The food was good and people nice and the weather fantastic!

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

There is no one to provide that favourite meal at the minute but if there was I would still cook as I enjoy cooking. My favourite is my chicken in ‘bad man saucy sauce’ with seasoned spicy potatoes and rice. It’s my signature dish!

What was the last book you read?

The Last Narco it’s true story about Joaquin Guzman a Mexican drug lord who is one of the most influential men in the world; according to Forbes Rich List just behind Barrack Obama!

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

Probably coaching kids in America as I have family there. I am still looking to do that in the future now that I’m a Uefa B licensed coach.

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

I’ve been on the sports pages of the Star for many a year. People mention that they have seen I’ve scored through an article in the Star so now they know a little bit more.

Favourite TV programme?

Homeland quality show if you’re not watching it already you better get the box set!