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Firsts And Lasts: Jack Munns

25 May 2018

Jack Munns Simon Moore (Shutter Press)
Jack Munns in action for Pools

We put Jack Munns in the hotseat as the midfield man answers our series of Firsts and Lasts questions.

FIRSTS

What was the name of your first pet?
I had a dog called Ted. He was a Newfoundland dog and they’re massive so when he died he left a pretty big gap. In fact, I have just got a new dog.

What was your first car?
It was a white Ford Fiesta. It was alright actually; my dad bought it for me but it took me about four attempts to pass my test!

What was your first holiday abroad?
It’s quite hard to remember, we had quite a few holidays when I was younger. I know we used to go to Portugal as a family quite a lot and that’s a place I still go to now.

What was the first gig you went to see?
I don’t think I have even been to one! I went to V Festival one year, does that count? I know it’s not a gig, but I really enjoy going to the theatre. The most recent one I was Motown. 

What was the first match you went to see?
It was West Ham v Man United at Upton Park. It finished 0-0 but – and I don’t know how I remember this – it was one of the first games that David Beckham played after getting sent-off at the World Cup so there was quite a bit of attention on the game. 

What was the first football shirt you owned?
I think I was in a West Ham shirt from being about six months old! My dad bought it for me pretty much as soon as I was born – it had Dagenham Motors on the front. 

Who was your first best friend?
It was a kid called Alex Coney. I am still half mates with him now but when we left secondary school we kind of drifted apart really. His dad was a pro and he was the first person who really introduced me to football. 

When was the first time you realised you might turn pro?
I originally got offered a third-year scholarship with Spurs. I remember playing in a big game against Liverpool at White Hart Lane which was live on Liverpool TV and we won 1-0. I played really well and I thought then that I had a chance of getting a deal. 

What was your first match as a pro footballer?
It was Lincoln City away for Cheltenham Town. I hadn’t featured before that really. It was a good game – we drew 1-1 but I scored the goal after about 25 minutes. I had all my mates in the crowd watching and it was at a decent ground too so it’s still one of my most memorable moments in football. 

Who was your first football manager?
I would say my first proper manager was Alex Inglethorpe who was my Youth Team Coach at Spurs. I think he works for Liverpool’s Academy now. He was the first proper coach I had because before that level you tend to have two or three different ones.

LASTS

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Haha, well there’s a bit of a story here. The other week I watched Five Star Hotel on E4 and the only reason I did is because my mate’s missus is on it and he’s not happy about it! It’s one of those rubbish celebrity programmes – she’s a typical Essex girl and Joey Essex is right flirting with her and my mate is fuming! But he’s got ten mates all watching it! Luke George sat watching it with me the other night and was like “What is this?!” Haha.

What did you do for your last birthday?
I would have been in Hartlepool and I am pretty sure we had a game on the day of my birthday. Me and my missus went out for some food in Yarm but we didn’t do too much because when you’ve got football you can’t make a big deal of it. 

What is the last thing you took a photo of?
I don’t take a lot of photos really. My phone is just full of photos that other people have sent me – and some of them wouldn’t be appropriate! 

What is the last thing you ate?
That would have been this morning – I had a banana when I woke up but I’ve not had anything else to eat since. 

What is the last thing you drank?
I have just had a Capri Sun. I like them but my main drink is milk – the lads get on at me about drinking it all time. I have to try and cut down because I do drink a lot and it’s not great on the hips! 

What was the last football match you went to (where you weren’t playing)?
I went to watch Arsenal v Man City towards the end of the season at the Emirates when City won 3-0. I hadn’t been to a top flight game in ages but we managed to get tickets for that and it was a good one to go to. 

Who was the last person to text you?
My last actual text message was from the missus – that’s because she can’t leave me alone!


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