Richard Fidler talks sport with Matt Young

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MATT Young, aged 25, is the press officer for Rotherham United

What have you been doing today?

Organising Steve Evans’ first press conference as Rotherham United manager and then uploading the interview on to our website.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I used to love listening to football commentators as a child, particularly Barry Davies and Steve Banyard, who used to be at Hallam FM.

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

Jimmy White for the pure reason he tried, tried and tried again to win the world title in snooker. No matter win lose or draw, he was always very gracious.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Darts. For a very simple concept, it can sometimes be the most gripping and dramatic sport on television. One of my great sporting memories was watching Phil Taylor v Mike Gregory in the 1992 Lakeside final. That was just a classic contest.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

I would probably have to say Eric Bristow. He was one of the first people I interviewed as a journalist. He was incredibly helpful and agreed to speak to me just after he took his kids to school!

When was the last time you cried?

I was not quite tearful but I felt like I was welling up when we lost the Play-Off Final two years ago to Dagenham and Redbridge. It was a rubbish journey home.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Representing Rotherham United through administration, the Don Valley Stadium years and now moving into New York Stadium. The club has gone full circle.

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

When I first started out in this industry, one of my tutors always encouraged me to ask the question to find out what makes a person tick and how to get away from cliches.

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

I am always learning. I’ve nearly done this role for six years so hopefully I have done something right.

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

I make sure there is always a pen in my coats and suit jackets because you never know when you will be called for action!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

The first game I ever covered as a freelance was Leeds United versus Yeovil Town and it was a daunting prospect having to chase Dennis Wise down for a quote!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Sometimes after a rocky day at work. You look back and think you could have dealt with certain situations better but it is important not to dwell on things.

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

You have to be careful with them because they can be dangerous but, in the modern era, journalism is moving more and more online so you have to embrace them.

How do you relax away from sport?

I like going to the pub to watch sport, watching films and playing squash, although I am not very good!

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

It was Madrid. It was a lads weekend. We went to see Real Madrid beat Deportivo 6-1 which was amazing and for that reason alone I would go back. I had never gone to a match before where there were heaters in the stadium!

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

I can cook but I don’t really have the time to do much. I do a mean scrambled egg on toast!

What was the last book you read?

Gary Neville’s autobiography which was very good.

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

Not sure. I know what I would not have wanted to be and that’s a chef.

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

You must be running out of people if you are interviewing me!

Favourite TV programme?

Peep Show is fantastic and makes me laugh every time.