Player Of The Month November 2017
EVERY MONTH THE ARGYLE LEGENDS WEBSITE WILL FEATURE AN INTERVIEW WITH A PLAYER.
THIS MONTH WE ASKED PAUL McGREGOR 20 QUESTIONS. READ HIS ANSWERS BELOW.
What was your most memorable match whilst at Plymouth Argyle?
This would probably have to be my hat-trick Against Torquay in the Devon Derby at Plainmoor. It absolutely threw it down that day but it was a great day. They couldn't get near us for the 90 minutes, we played very well. Sometimes you just beat a team and sometimes you tear their heart out and they give up. They crumbled. The crowning moment was going through one on one with the keeper to complete my hat-trick and slotting it through his legs right in front of a sodden but ecstatic Green Army. By this time the heavens had cleared and the sun was out. I remember the ball hitting the net and just standing still and staring at them, they were going mad. That felt special. I even got the Man Of The Match trophy! They told me that they'd never given it to an away player before. That's pretty cool.
Who was the best Argyle player you played with and why?
Steve McCall was absolutely brilliant. He was assistant coach when I was there but every now and again he'd throw himself on and he was always head and shoulders above what was currently on the pitch. He could breeze past anyone without trying. No pace at all but you couldn't get the ball off him! He was the same if he joined in training. Lovely bloke as well, got a lot of time for Steve.
Who was your toughest opponent and why?
I used to have a few ding dongs with Leggy when he was at Cardiff. I play with / against him in the legends games now and again up here in Notts and he's a top lad but back then I think it's safe to say there was a mutual dislike. He was a cracking player and so tough to play against, I used to just try and wind him up all game. Sometimes I got the better of him, sometimes he got the better of me. Love it, that’s what it's all about isn't it?
You must have an amusing story you could share with us about your time at Argyle?
Some of the best Christmas do's I've ever had were at Argyle. I remember walking home from one in a banana outfit and deciding it would be a good idea to climb the scaffolding that surrounded the church on Mutley Plain at the time. Half way up I belted out a rendition of The Stone Roses "I Am The Resurrection" which was swiftly accompanied by sirens and flashing blue lights. Standing next to a giggling police officer phoning in the situation was one of the proudest moments of my life. He also dropped me home. THAT is success kids.
Now you are no longer playing football how do you occupy yourself?
I have a beautiful family, I own a creative agency that has a couple of brands and I make music. That pretty much sums me up.
Can you recall your most embarrassing moment?
In hindsight, the banana thing probably wasn't my finest hour.
How has football changed over the years?
The money! There are bang average players earning an absolute fortune. I genuinely wish them all the best, I really do but sometimes you find out what so and so is on a week and you just think, he wouldn't have got in our reserves! I'm not bitter though only maybe 80%.
Who was the best manager you ever played under and why?
Brian Clough. He was a genius. Enough said.
What was your pre-match routine? E.g. lucky item, superstitions?
I'm not superstitious and I didn't really have a set routine. My nerves always used to manifest themselves in me by making me feel really sleepy just before kick off. I could have genuinely fallen asleep 10 minutes before any given game so I guess my routine was trying to just keep my eyes open.
If you could change or amend one law of the game- or introduce a new one to benefit modern-day football, what would it be?
Has to be video tech. The game is so fast now, the refs are on a hiding to nothing deciding in the moment. There's so much at stake on any given moment that I think managers, players and fans alike, win or lose just want to know the truth. I love it when I watch rugby, I really believe we could make it a reallly exciting part of the modern game.
A difficult start to this season. Where do you think we will finish in League 1?
Well, it's not looking great is it? Anything 20 and above I'll take. Would hate to see us go down.
If you could choose any player in the world you would have liked to have played with, who would it have been?
So many! I'll go for Ronaldinho.
Do you follow Argyle’s progress or attend any of their matches?
I always look for their result. I'm a Liverpool fan, I was born in Bootle but I also absolutely love Forest & Argyle. Two clubs with incredible fans and history. I don't get to the games, a few up north but not many. The one where I was guest of honour 2 seasons ago was an absolute joy. Not only to be in front of those amazing fans again but to experience the Green Taveners tent, see my old gaffer Hodgey, see Ian Stonebridge and Wottsy again, brilliant. Highlight was definitely seeing our old kit man Jacko though. What a guy, I love him to bits. I must do it again soon if you'll have me.
Who was the worst dressed player during your time at the club?
Probably me! Although you could put Chopsy in a Dior suit and he'd still look like Compo.
What would be the highlight of your time at Argyle?
At the risk of sounding sycophantic all of it. I came there just happy to play first team football but to be embraced the way I was and be player of the year, supporters player of the year and everything else was just phenomenal. I'll forever be in debt to the club, the city and the people. I loved every second.
Who was your favourite player while growing up?
A toss up between Ian Rush and John Barnes.
What was your favourite ground?
Anfield of course. I've played in front of and stood on the Kop. There's nothing like it.
If you could go back and do one thing differently, what would it be?
I don't have regrets, no point but I often wish Paul Sturrock had of offered me more incentive to stay at the club as I believed in him and I knew the club had turned a corner when he arrived, he told me he was going to build a team around me and I really wanted to stay but Northampton offered me double my wages. Paul offered me a 5% raise. I don't care if you're a footballer or a plumber maths is maths. The next two seasons Argyle got promoted back to back, I often wonder what it would have been like if I had of stayed.
What advice would you give to any young player coming into the game?
Enjoy the hell out of it. Give yourself to the game and play with a smile. It's gone in a flash.
And finally. What was the toughest away ground to play at?
The Den or The Baseball Ground. Rabid fans, very close to the pitch. Both grounds felt genuinely dangerous when you you were on the pitch. Great fun!
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