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FIVE MINUTES WITH… Paul Early

Paul Early

Name: Paul Early

Age: 18

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Occupation: Bartender/College Studen

Team: Arranmore United

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?
Kevin Bridges would be some laugh at a party.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?
Early’s Bar, free pints on Jerry/Dad.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?
Drumbar without doubt.

Which character in any film are you most like?
Wouldn’t have a clue to be honest. Would love to be as cool as Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction though.

Any odd items in your kit bag?
Not really, no. I just keep it basic. I bring an extra can of deodorant because Brian Proctor steals mine regularly.

Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for?
Brian Proctor also.

Which team mate has the best looking other half? The manager’s wife seeing as it’s my mother.

Who is the worst/best trainer?

Best trainer: Declan Proctor trains well. Worst trainer: Not many bad ones, everyone works pretty hard (except Phil Boyle).

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
Gavin McGlanghey. Beard and hair has to be in perfect condition so he thinks.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?
Probably Chim (Ruan) Reynolds.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?
Sean Brady. Seen him eating two bags of crisps on the bus before our last away game but he never gains any weight somehow.

Toughest opponent you have faced?
The captain Michael McHugh… will think it’s him, but it’s actually his partner at the back Phil Boyle, unreal defender!

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?
‘0-0 AGAIN BOYS!’ – Michael McHugh. I’ve heard him say it when we were 5-0 up once!

Best manager you’ve ever played under?
My father Jerry Early.

Best ever performance?
5-0 away to Dunlewey last season, got myself a goal and two assists.

One to forget?
Glencar away last season. Got brought off the bench after a half-hour. Gave a penalty away after five minutes and we ended up losing 4-0. I thought Danny Winnie and Sean O’Hara were going to kill me afterwards.

Sporting ambition? To win as many leagues/cups as possible with Arran. Top goalscorer as well would be nice personally.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?
Probably Scott McDonald from Celtic. He was a good player.

If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team? Out: Gary Heaney would be out of the team. Loves his emojis on the group chat a bit too much. In: Seamus Coleman wouldn’t be a bad man to have at right-back.

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