Every week, our resident Pro, David Hunt, will be answering the best questions from the week before. Here are last week’s on everything from pre-match food to choice of socks!
How much training do you have to to every week and what do you do when you don’t train?
A usual week would be, train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and game Saturday. Wednesday and Sunday are rest days. Training starts at 10.30am, we have to get to the training ground at 10.00am half hour before. Training usually for 1 hour 20 minutes and then I spend about 30 minutes after doing extra training.
Can never finish straight away, I hate not playing football. On my days off I tend to rest up, I have a family so most of my time is taken up with them, I do try and sneak in a game of football manager and go to watch Arsenal play.
Here’s a question I always wanted to ask a Pro. What do you suggest for pre match meals? I play football on a Saturday afternoon, sometimes I just have a cereal, sometimes toast and porridge. Should I eat twice or just once? I wondered if you had any good advice. Thanks, Paddy
Pre-match meals are different for everyone. You need to try and find a routine that suits your needs. You have to realise that it isn’t just about what you eat on the match day but also a couple of days before, this time is crucial as it gives you your base for energy. I make sure the night before a game that I choose from jacket potato/rice/pasta, fish/chicken/mince and vegetables.
On match day I like to start with porridge, banana and honey, I then have an omelette around midday and that’s me ready. I don’t like to eat too much as I hate playing on a full, heavy stomach.' I know some players that have a massive breakfast and a massive lunch before a game, like I said everyone’s different.
Experiment with routines, when you find you feel good during a game stick to what you did that day.
Hope this helps!
Hi Hunty 🙂
2 questions mate, first, what do you think of the bright young things in Brentford youths? I know Jake pretty well, and I think he’s one for the future!
Secondly, what do you make of your season in League 1, and which teams do you think will be promoted?
There are some good youngsters at our club. Youth set-ups are crucial for the future of clubs especially in lower leagues. Jake is a very good player and a good lad off the pitch too. He definitely is one to look out for.
Brentford’s first season in League 1 has been a success. You look at the other teams promoted with us last season and they are all fighting to stay in the League. We are proving that we are not just another number in this league and predict good things for next season. I predict that Norwich, Leeds and Millwall to get promoted, it’s so close and should be an exciting end to the season.
Is it white socks you wear over your football socks? I have noticed a fair few players doing this. Is there a reason. I tried it once but found less movement in my ankles.
I wear white socks but not over another pair. I cut my match socks off at the ankle, I do this for two reasons, one is comfort. If I wear match socks I tend to get blisters, white socks are more comfortable and I wear these during the week in training so I’m used to wearing them.
The other is purely for look, best way to describe it is if you go on a night out you want to feel good and confident, this is done by what you wear and it’s how I feel when I wear the white socks in games. I used to have tape above them to hold my shin pads but now I’ve found a way of not needing to use tape which means even more comfort.
And that’s all for this week!
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