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In The Spotlight: Jim McAlister

2 December 2015

Scot Answers Our Questions

A versatile tool in Neil McDonald's armoury, Jim McAlister has proved a regular in Blackpool's midfield so far this season.

The Scot joined Pool in the summer after a career in Scotland and now sits down to reveal more about himself. 

If you were the dressing room DJ, what three songs would be on your pre-match playlist?
Anything from dance to Oasis and Stone Roses. I’d probably go with Oasis songs.  

What is your favourite piece of football memorabilia that you own?
The three medals I won up the road. I’ve got them in the house in a wee cabinet. 

What is your favourite away stadium to play at?
I can’t say Celtic Park. I’d say Hampden Park or Tynecastle. A lot of folk rave about Tynecastle, it’s very close and a great atmosphere.  

What is the biggest name in your phonebook?
Steve Simonsen. He came to Dundee before he went to Rangers. He came in my first season there and has played at a good level.

What can you remember about your first job?
I was brought up on a farm. So I was roped into helping my dad by delivering milk but didn’t get paid much because it was family.  

To date, what is your most embarrassing moment in football? 
Getting sent off against Celtic. I’d come on as a substitute and I don’t think the ball was in play for more than 30 seconds when I cemented the boy with a late tackle and was straight back off the pitch.

What is the best sporting event that you’ve watched live?
I went out to Fiorentina to watch Rangers play in the UEFA Cup semi-final and we won on penalties. We’d avoided the play-offs at Morton so had a free week and I booked up the next day. 

What were your first pair of football boots?
A cheap pair of Puma boots. I didn’t start playing football until I was ten or 11. 

What TV series are you addicted to currently?
I like watching An Idiot Abroad and find it quite funny.  

Including yourself, what four players in world football would be in your 5-a-side team?
Manuel Neuer, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

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