Player Of The Month June 2010


This month we thank Leigh Cooper for taking the time to answer the 15 questions we put to him.

Q:  What was your most memorable match for Plymouth Argyle?
A:  Two games stick out, both pretty obvious I guess!  The FA Cup semi final against Watford and the promotion winning fixture against Bristol City at home.  The Watford game was a real bittersweet experience but the Bristol game was a pleasure to play in (the party after wasn't bad either!!).
Q:  Who was the best Argyle player you played with?
A:  Too many to choose from!!!  Over the years there was some real quality there.  Would have been interesting to see how they would have faired in today's game.
Q:  Who was your toughest opponent?
A:  The next one!!!
Q:  You must have an amusing story you could share with us about your time at Argyle?
A:  Big Gerry Mac had had a bit of a night on the ‘town' and turned up for training slightly worse for wear.  Of course Dave Smith spotted this in the warm up and decided it would be a good idea for the big man to do some defensive heading practice!!!  The gaffer had the apprentices pinging in 40-yard balls for Gerry to come and attack in the air.  Needless to say he was swearing quite a bit as the balls were reigning in on him and he missed quite a few!!  Never saw him like that again though so ‘Smudger' won the day!!
Q:  If you could invite 5 celebrities around for dinner who would it be and why?
A:  Beyonce Knowles (obvious reason I think!), Ayrton Senna (I'm a formula 1 fan), Freddie Mecury (what an entetainer!), Michael Parkinson (he can tell a story or two I bet!!) and Bill Shankly (Now there is a TRUE legend!!)
Q:  Can you recall your most embarrassing moment?
A:  Lots over the years unfortunately!!  But none that I am going to share quite yet!!  Most recently though every time I try to get in to the current legends kit – it gets tighter each time!!
Q:  How has football changed over the years?
A:  Too much money if you can have such a thing!!  The big boys have lost touch with reality and how important the game is to your average fan in the street.  England world cup 2010!! I rest my case.
Q:  Who was the best manager you ever played under?
A:  Very diplomatically, the one that was picking me for the first team at the time.  They all were different and had different plus points.
Q:  What was your pre-match routine? E.g. lucky item, superstitions.
A:  Not mega superstitious really.  Used to bang to top of the exit to the tunnel at Home Park and pray for the best!!
Q:  Do you keep in touch with any of your former Argyle teammates?  If so, who?
A:  Just through the vet's games really.  We always say we will meet up for a meal sometimes but it never seems to happen!!  (Come on Mr Uzzell, sort it out!!!)
Q:  Do you think England will do well in the World Cup?
A:  I always thought the best we could of hoped for was Semi-final, how optimistic was I?
Q:  If you could choose any player in the world you would have liked to have played with, who would it have been?
A:  Mine would have been George Best.  Would have loved to have seen how good he really was.
Q:  Do you follow Argyle's progress or attend any of their matches?
A:  It's the first result I always look for on a Saturday but with being involved with local football I rarely go these days.
Q:  What is your favourite type of music?
A:  Boring, but anything and everything really.
Q:  What would be the highlight of your time at Argyle?
A:  In good times and bad, just the pleasure of being a professional footballer.  Even in my day I felt very privileged to do something that I loved.