Interview with Darren Ward
This month we thought we’d share some snippets of a recent interview in Beats & Rhymes FC with Darren Ward. To read the full interview you can click here or read on to see the best bits:
The man who goes by the nickname of ‘the Peckham Beckham’ is in his second spell at Millwall and defender Darren Ward has seen varying quality in teammates’ music tastes during his career, illustrated best by his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Though it is his time as a Crystal Palace and Wolves player that he can most clearly recall his fellow players’ musical preferences.
”At Palace there were all sorts and quite a few who liked the heavy metal/rock music which is not really my cup of tea. Jobi McAnuff was into his music quite a bit and normally put a CD together with a selection of the lads’ favourite songs, which was always interesting.
”At Wolves Daniel Jones had a pretty poor taste of music and was a bit behind the times, Matt Murray had a good taste and wide selection. Match days it would normally be Andy Keogh who thought he had a bit and Mick McCarthy would just go with the flow, with the occasional raised eyebrow.”
Speaking about his musical preferences when he was growing up with brother Elliott, currently with Norwich City, Darren said:
“Elliott has a wide selection like me and creates some talking points over certain song choices. As a young lad he was well into Westlife, Oasis, Take That and Michael Jackson, as we all were.
”I like all sorts of music but mostly go back to Plan B, David Bowie and Calvin Harris. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was the first I bought, I was about 12 or 13 at the time.”
Back with Milwall since 2009, Darren has seen the club settle back into the Championship:
”We have had a bit of a slow start but are confident that we will come strong. Your aim is always to do one better and we are going to work hard to achieve that.
”It has been great to return to the club where I have had many good times and hard work will hopefully bring more good times here.”
And so, what did Darren have to say about Pro Team Sport?
”It came about after a friend of mine approached me with an idea after seeing that I had started up two businesses previously. We saw that there was a good opportunity and decided to go for it.
”We are now in a good position and building the company slowly, you can visit our website for monthly blogs written by me and for some outstanding deals on trophies and essential sports equipment. I keep my involvement very low-key at the minute due to my family and football commitments which are the priority.
”I’m also involved in a financial company and a cattery. I feel it’s important to look ahead and create your life after you have to hang your boots up and there is no better time to do that than when you are playing due to the profile you currently have.
”This cannot interfere with your football though and you have to have some very good people around you who realise this and support you. In every business I’m involved in we take pride in delivering a good service and genuinely want to help people through very tough financial times at the minute.”
To read the full interview please visit the Beats & Rhymes website or to find out more about Pro Team Sport and their range of football trophies and other sporting tropies please visit the Pro Team website.