Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Shooting To Win Exclusive Q&A - Darren Huckerby

Any Coventry fan alive in the nineties will have fond memories of some brilliant football played, Premier League football at that. We had a very talented group of players across the decade such as Dion Dublin, Noel Whelan, Gary McAllister and Peter Ndlovu. I've had the privilege of being able to speak to a very worthy member of this elite group, Darren Huckerby.

After joining in 1996 he was a mainstay and fan favourite in the squad for three years before his move to Leeds United for a fee of £6 million. Some still refer to him as one of the main architects of some of the best football ever played at the club alongside his teammates across the 97/98 and 98/99 seasons.

It was also very kind of him to give up some of his time to answer a few questions which has enabled me to do this, this is something I can't thank him enough for. Especially as I perhaps put forward a few too many but he answered every one with great consideration. Some of which are about his time at City, others are more general.

1. What's your fondest memory in a City shirt?

"I think the whole of the 97/98 season stands out, beating Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool. Dion [Dublin] getting Premiership top goal scorer. I played my part in a great team."

2. What's your favourite goal you've ever scored? I sure know mine...

"Cov fans will remember the one vs Man United in the last minute to win the game, I scored another good goal in a win at Anfield a few days later. For Norwich I ran the length of the pitch to score vs Birmingham. For magnitude of victory I'd say the Man United goal."

3. Who was the best player you played alongside for Coventry?

"Dion Dublin and Gary Mac [McAllister]"

4. Who's the best player you played against during your career?

"Jaap Stam - Man Mountain"

5. Who's the best manager you've worked under?

"I've played under a few but [Gordon] Strachan actually wanted to make me a better all round player."

6. During your time with Coventry who were your mates?

"Shawsey [Richard Shaw], Noel [Whelan], Telf [Paul Telfer] and Willo [Paul Williams]. I still spend a lot of time with big Dion [Dublin], we still regard each other as partners."

7. Did you have any favourite chants for yourself, the club or just in general?

"At Norwich the fans still sing '12 Days of Huckerby' due to me signing on Boxing Day"

8. Where did you enjoy the most of your career?

"I think I produced the goods at every club I played for apart from Leeds where I didn't show my true self for whatever reason."

9. Do you agree with the way Coventry fans protested against SISU last season?

"I think the fans had every right to protest, things don't seem to be getting any better"

10. How do you see the Sky Blues getting on this season?

"There's a good chance that Cov could get promoted this season, there's no way a club of Coventry City's size and history should be in the bottom level of the Football League."

11. What was the toughest moment of your career?

"Leeds was a frustrating time."

12. Did you have a footballer as inspiration whilst growing up?

"I looked up to Peter Beardsley, I was very lucky to get to train with him whilst I was at Newcastle United."

Light Hearted Questions:

13. Ronaldo, Messi or James Maddison?


14. Who do you want/think will win, Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor?

"It's a miss match, Floyd will toy with him. It'll last as long as Mayweather wants it to."

15. What's the best dressing room prank you've ever seen played?

"I've seen loads over the years, but none I can mention on here."

16. Who do you think will win the Premier League this season?

"The league is heading to Manchester, I'm not sure who will take it, United or City."

Huckers gave a good insight into his career there. From the highs of his time with the City and Norwich to the more frustrating section with Leeds. Once again I can't thank him enough for taking part. I look forward to potentially being able to speak to more former/current City player in the future.

In terms of the here and now, hopefully the remaining 'Last 100 Signings Ranked' posts will be up within the next week as well as the Yeovil Town match report on Saturday evening. Hopefully we can get back on track with a win after the blip of our home defeat to Newport County last time out at the Ricoh.

1 comment:

  1. D Huckerby will always be a legend to cov fans memorable moments a team packed with internationals beating the best in the premier league an unforgettable couple of seasons. I guess if I was running a club of that kind of historical magnitude, would I sell sell sell or build something special. If sisu seek redemption then they should do the right thing . Invest or walk away