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The A-Z of Martin Gould

Martin GouldFind out more about the German Masters champion who will be seeking back to back ranking titles at the BetVictor Welsh Open this week…

By Jonathan Davies

Abroad – What is your favourite holiday destination?
I went to Las Vegas back in February – I enjoyed it a lot and will definitely be going back.

Book – What is the last book you read?
I don’t read many books unless there are pictures in there! The last one I read was Jimmy White’s first autobiography – Behind the White Ball.

Cue – What cue do you use?
I use an Aeon cue but have had SightRight technology put into it – that’s one of the best things I’ve done in my career.

Day – What happens in a typical working day for you?
I’m an early riser so I get up at 7.30am, have a nice cup of tea and watch Sky Sports News. I then jump on the train, get to the club and practise for three or four hours before coming home, cooking dinner and relaxing in front of the TV.

Martin GouldEducation – How would you get on in a pub quiz?
Considering I didn’t go to school very often, I am quite knowledgeable – more so for the sports section. Quite a few friends tend to text me the sports questions when they’re at quizzes.

Film – What is your favourite film?
I do like a comedy film – Dumb and Dumber is one of my favourites. I also like 8 Mile and American History X.

Goals – What are your aims for this season?
Firstly, and most importantly, is to enjoy playing. I’d like to win more trophies and stay in the top 16.

Hobbies – What are your interests away from the table?
I play golf when I get the chance, off an 18 handicap. I like a game of darts from time to time and I also enjoy playing on my PlayStation.

Idols – Who are yours?
Snooker-wise, my idols were Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry. I always wanted Jimmy to win the World Championship, but it never happened. Also, I like Roger Federer, Phil Taylor and Tiger Woods for what they’ve all done for their sports.

Martin GouldJob – What would you be if you weren’t a snooker player?
Before I was a snooker player, I used to work as a kitchen assistant at Harrow School. I also worked as a croupier in a casino which I wouldn’t mind going back to, but would prefer to do it on a cruise ship and be away for six months. If I wasn’t playing snooker, I’d probably give darts more of a go. I’d definitely be involved in sport in some way, but I couldn’t do an office job.

Kid – Were you a well-behaved child?
I probably wasn’t, to be honest. I got a little bit better when I got to my teenage years, but I had plenty of belts across the backside and clips round the ear. It got to the point where I went into school, signed in and walked out trying to find different avenues of getting to the snooker club without anyone seeing me.

Lucky – What is the biggest piece of luck you’ve ever had?
I was tied 7-7 in the English Amateur Championship final with David Lilley in 2007. It came down to the final black and he potted it but went in-off, handing me the title and my place back on the professional tour. If that hadn’t have happened, I probably wouldn’t be on the circuit today – it’s not a nice way to win but I’ll remember it until the day I die.

Moan – What makes you have a good moan?
One of my pet hates is when people decide to walk in front of you at a snail’s pace – it really gets on my nerves. Another thing I don’t like is when people say they’re going to do something and they don’t.

Nightmare – What is your worst moment on a snooker table?
The 13-12 defeat to Neil Robertson in the second round of the 2010 World Championship from 11-5 up still gets to me, even though I didn’t do too much wrong. It seemed that everything conspired to go against me in that final session. In some ways, though, it was a good moment because I learned an awful lot.

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Oops! – What is the clumsiest thing you’ve ever done?
When I was playing golf with friends once, I accidentally drove the buggy into a tree. I was going slowly and steering one way but it decided to go the other – fortunately, I wasn’t going very fast and it was just really funny between me and my friends.

Picky – Is there anything you are particular about?
There are certain foods that I won’t touch. If I go for a meal with my coach Stephen Feeney and order a steak, within seconds of it arriving, I tip the peas and tomato onto his plate whether he wants them or not. I also eat in a certain order – I eat the bits I’m not so keen on first and leave the best until last.

Quiet – How long could you last in a sponsored silence?
I could probably last quite a while – I’m very quiet and shy until you get to know me properly and I don’t give much away.

Retirement – What do you plan to do after hanging up your cue?
If all goes according to plan, I’d like to give darts a go. One day, I’d also like to get married and have kids and spend as much time with them as I possibly could – if I did that now, I’d hardly see them because of being away all the time.

Shopping – Where do you buy your clothes from?
A mixture of places really – I bought a load of clothes in Las Vegas from Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren. When I’m back in the UK, I buy a lot of stuff from Blue Inc and bits from Debenhams, Sports Direct, TK Max and, sometimes, Primark – if I like the look of it, I’ll buy it.

Telly – What are your favourite programmes?
Only Fools and Horses is a comedy classic – I like a lot of older programmes like that, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I have every season of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men and also thin that Mrs Brown’s Boys and Father Ted are great. I’m a huge WWE fan, as well, and watch it every week.

Unforgettable – What is your greatest ever moment on a snooker table?
Winning the Shootout in Blackpool was incredible – the crowd took to me and were singing ‘Gould’ to the theme of Gold by Spandau Ballet – it was an unbelievable weekend. But winning my first ranking title at the German Masters has to top that.

Venue – What is your favourite venue to play at?
The Crucible without a doubt – I’d be surprised if any other player says anything different. Everybody dreams of playing there and lifting the trophy.

Wheels – What car do you drive?
I don’t drive – I’ve got a bus stop right outside my house and a train station within five minutes, so I don’t really need to drive. It’s a lot more relaxing and comfortable when you’re not relying on yourself.

X – If you could kiss any girl in the world, who would it be?
Gemma Atkinson, Nicole Scherzinger, Kelly Brook, Lucy Pinder – there’s millions – I’ll leave it at that because I’d feel rude leaving anyone out.

YIKES! – Do you have any phobias?
I can’t stand heights – I have to sit in the aisle seat on aeroplanes.

Zzzzz – What puts you to sleep?
If I get comfortable with a DVD on, I’ll more than likely just nod off. Unless I’m sharing a room with Allan Taylor, I don’t usually have an issue when it comes to sleeping.