The Dugout - 60 seconds with Sam Allardyce

Wed, 09 Feb 10:41:00 2011

Big Sam lifts the lid on his years as a dead ringer for Tom Selleck, and reveals who would be picking the wine at his dream dinner party.

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What was your first car?

A Ford Cortina. It was made in 1963. It was bought with my hard-earned cash that I'd saved since I started playing football at 15. I saved every penny I possibly could to buy my first car, which was about £125.

60 seconds is trying to do the maths on what that would be worth now, but its head hurts. What is you earliest sporting memory?

From playing it would be the header I scored for my school team to win the cup, which was my junior school team. From watching sport, it would be going to see Wolverhampton Wanderers for the very first time. Standing on the North Bank with my brother and my dad and then knowing that all I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer.

If you weren't a footballer, what career would you have gone into?

I don't know, actually. That's something I can't really answer. I think, whatever I would have done, I would have been self-employed. I would have had to have been my own boss. I couldn't have coped someone telling me what to do and what time I should be where.

Which team do you most enjoy beating and why?

I think as a manager it was, particularly at Bolton, to get wins on a consistent basis against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool particularly.

What is on your iPod (if you even have one)?

I do have an iPod, and an iPad as well now. I am constantly trying to keep up to speed with the ever changing world of technology. It staggers me to find out how younger people just take to it, when it takes me about 10 times as long to get to grips with the same thing! As for music, my time was Motown, so I have a lot of that, and my favourite band of all time is Queen.

Is that what you would sing at Karaoke?

Yes. 'We Are The Champions'.

Have you ever been mistaken for someone else who is famous?

Yes, I have. When I played in America, I was sporting a great big moustache at the time. I was often likened to Tom Selleck.

You didn't complain about that too much, did you?

No, I didn't. I didn't have his car though!

If you could have a dinner party with three people dead or alive - who would you pick?

Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex would pick the wine, and I would pick the food.

What would be on the menu?

Well, in these politically correct times I would be sure to ask about their dietary needs. Something traditionally English, quality, well-cooked food.

Sam Allardyce was speaking to Yahoo!’s ‘In the Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association