First and Last - James Collins

As West Ham United get their final season at the Boleyn Ground underway, we’ve asked our players for some memorable lasts from their careers and lives, as well as some firsts. James Collins is the latest name to go under the spotlight…


What was the first car you ever owned?

The first car I owned was a Peugeot 309 Calypso. I would have been 17 at the time so I bought it 15-years ago.

What was the first CD you ever bought?

I have no idea what CD I bought first, but I remember the first tape was Michael Jackson’s Bad!

Tell us about your first goal in professional football?

It was for Cardiff City when I played as a striker against Colchester United in November 2001. I remember we drew 1-1 and I scored the first goal. We were 1-0 up until the final few minutes and they equalised right at the death at Ninian Park. I played upfront with Leo Fortune-West.

Who would be the first person you would call up for a pub quiz?

I would be struggling with the squad we have got here now! But I would have to say Joey O'Brien, as he is a very knowledgeable man.

Who would be the first player voted off the X-Factor?

There are a few and it could actually be all of us. I would have to say Mark Noble. He has a go at singing but he is not the best.



What was the last concert you went to?

The Irish band The Coronas about three months ago. It was a very good concert.

Which of your team-mates is the last you would want to be stuck in a lift with?

It is going to have be James Tomkins with his breath. You would not want to be stuck in a lift with him for a long time.

Who is the last player you would take fashion advice from?

Again there is a few of them in dressing room I could consider, but I would have to go with Adrian who wears typical Spanish gear.

Tell us about the last goal you scored?

It was against Everton in the FA Cup last season at Goodison Park. We were 1-0 up and should have won it but Lukaku scored late on to take us to a replay and then Adrian scored the winning penalty.

Who is the last out of the dressing room?

Alex Song. We all have seen what he wears so it takes him a while to get into it.