In The Hotseat . . . Lee Bowyer

Welcome back to our regular exclusive feature on, where every week we will be delving into the mind and personality of an Upton Park first team star.

We have devised a list of 50 offbeat, lifestyle questions and will be asking a different player each week to answer a selection of them - simply by randomly picking numbers from 1-50.

This week, we put midfielder Lee Bowyer under the spotlight ...

In The Hotseat . . . Lee Bowyer

Q1. What was the first pet you owned?
I had two Shar Pei dogs, named Pepsi and Tango! I bought them at 12 weeks old and they had already been named.

Q2. What was the last song/album you downloaded to your iPod?
I don't know - Marlon did it for me because I am no good with computers!

Q9. Who was your hero as a youngster?
Billy Bonds - because he was a great leader.

Q10. Do you have any secret or unusual interests/hobbies?
Fishing - I've been doing it for more than 10 years, it's my escape from football.

Q11. If you were cooking to impress, what dish would you select?
A Sunday Roast - it's my favourite dish.

Q12. Who would you most like to be stuck on a desert island with?
My girlfriend. There is no one else I would rather be with - I could honestly sit there forever with my missus.

Q14. What is your favourite drink?
Orange squash.

Q20. What is the worst holiday you have ever been on?
Pontins, because I got lost for hours on the beach! The coastguard found me eventually - two cousins went one way and I went the other way which I thought was right...but I got it wrong.

Q29. What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
When I was at Leeds and we were in Europe, the fans had a ritual after matches where they used to call out a player, who would then have to start singing a song that the crowd would join in with. Anyway, when it came to my turn, I started singing a song and the fans just went silent! They didn't have a clue what I was singing, and just started booing in the end!

Q39. What was your favourite childhood TV programme?
Tom and Jerry!

Q44. What is your favourite film of all time?
Men of Honour, with Cuba Gooding Jr. Everything was against him but he turned it around to become the very best in his field.

by Miranda Nagalingam