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Former Warwickshire cricketer Dave Smith is a PE teacher at Hitchin Boys School and director of cricket, golf, badminton and table tennis.

 

What school (s) did you go to?

 

Wyken Croft Junior School, Coventry then Caludon Castle Comprehensive School, Coventry.

 

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

 

Going to watch GEC Coventry football team with my dad as mascot for the team he coached and played for.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

Pele, the world’s best footballer at the time, Colin Bell, the classy, tireless Man City and England midfielder whose career was sadly curtailed by a knee injury in his prime and John Edrich, the nuggety left handed opening bat for Surrey and England who helped ignite my passion for cricket.

 

What are your best sporting memories of school?

 

Having plentiful opportunities to play competitive sport for school on a Saturday morning and midweek with my mates in football, cricket, rugby, basketball and table tennis. Winning trophies together.

 

What are your worst sporting memories of school?

 

I can’t recall any as I was at a school who promoted school sport in the best possible way.

 

Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?

 

Mr Stephenson, head of PE at Caludon Castle School, who had a passion for sport, cared for and wanted the best for his students, was well organised and had a commitment to the school playing a variety of competitive sports locally and county wide.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

Golf off a handicap of 18 plus tennis, running, badminton and table tennis at school practice.

 

In what other ways do you stay healthy?

 

Walk a mile to work each morning and home most days. Try to eat healthily throughout the week.

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

Scoring my first class hundred for Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1983 against Oxford University…and that Man City Agueroooo moment in 2012.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

Arriving for my debut for Warwickshire 2nd XI v Leicestershire in a three-day game dressed in a T-shirt and jeans when everyone else was dressed in blazer and ties. I then turned up for the second day of the game dressed in a blazer and tie and everyone else was in T shirt and jeans. The smart attire rule applied to the first day of a match only and I was not told.

 

What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?

 

Many, but not all, ex professional sportsmen/pundits who give unbalanced and often biased views when commentating on live matches.  

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

At the new Wembley in 2011 when Man City won the FA Cup, 35 years after their last major trophy at the old Wembley in 1976, which I attended when they beat Newcastle in the League Cup.

 

Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Pep Guardiola, a genius, perfectionist and someone who is always looking for self and team improvement whilst sticking to his beliefs and philosophy of playing open and attacking football that neutrals would pay to watch, Arsene Wenger, a fascinating, erudite and intelligent man who was a pioneer when he first came to England. I would like to know the blueprint for his longevity and motivation to keep working at the highest level. I would ask both of them their thoughts on why England have not won anything since 1966. Finally David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to provide the humour. I think he is a very funny man who is also able to talk knowledgeably about a wide range of topics such as football, food and drink, music and gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE