PROFILE
PERSONAL

FULL NAME:
Nigel John Pearson.

DATE OF BIRTH: 21.03.70.

BIRTHPLACE: York.

MARRIED: To Kerrie.

FAMILY: Daughter Sarah, Son Liam

LIVES: Staffordshire.

INTERESTS: Football, speedway, darts, cricket, rugby league, sports memorabilia, music, real ale.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Indian / Chinese.

FAVOURITE DRINK: Guinness.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME: Relax with my wife and daughter at a nice restaurant, go for beers with the boys, spend a day at the cricket (normally Worcestershire), watch TV, listen to music.

IDEAL NIGHT OUT: With Kerrie and Sarah in a nice restaurant followed by over night stay in luxurious hotel.

FAVOURITE ACTOR: All the lads from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet! Jimmy Nail, Tim Healey, Tim Spall, Kevin Whately, plus the late Pat Roach and Gary Holton.

FAVOURITE ACTRESS: Vera Duckworth (can't remember her proper name!!).

FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Coronation Street, Sky Sports News!

FAVOURITE MOVIE: Spiceworld The Movie!!! Star Wars.

FAVOURITE MUSIC/ BAND: Elton John, Phil Collins, The Eagles (including Talon Eagles).

FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM(S): West Bromwich Albion FC, Featherstone Rovers RLFC, Yorkshire CCC. My two favourite speedway clubs shut down (Hull and Cradley Heath!!)

SPORTING HEROES: Ian Botham, Geoff Boycott, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Quinn (Featherstone Rovers legend), Erik Gundersen, Ivan Mauger (speedway legends), Bob Taylor, Steve Bull.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE NATIONAL LOTTERY: Donate some to charity and ensure all those people that mean something to me and I care about are looked after properly.

FAVOURITE KIND OF PEOPLE: Honest, genuine, sincere.

LEAST FAVOURITE KIND OF PEOPLE: Liars, cheats. And I've come across some in my time - I don't have anything to do with them anymore. Also can't be doing with two-faced people.

BEST COUNTRY VISITED: Caribbean (Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia) and USA (Florida, Las Vegas, New York and California).

DISLIKES: Plenty about the current state of our country and modern day society in general. We are no longer a proud, patriotic nation.

PHOBIAS: Snakes - and the wife when I get in late!!

WISH IN LIFE: Health and happiness until the day I exit stage left!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF: Honest, hard working, straight talking and very, very loyal to those people I care about. I've learnt a lot on this subject throughout the last 20-years.

CAREER


HOW AND WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED IN MEDIA WORK: When I left school I was interested in sports journalism and became involved in Dudley Hospital radio where I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I landed a job as a sports reporter on the Stourbridge News & County Express when I was 19 and developed from there!
Click here to read Nigel's full career portfolio

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DO THIS WHEN YOU LEFT SCHOOL: Yes, after I decided I didn't want to be a PE teacher or police officer!

BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER: Too many to mention. They know who they are.

MOST ADMIRED/ RESPECTED PERSON WITHIN YOUR INDUSTRY: Ian Darke. I've never met the man, but he's a top, top boxing commentator who also does great football work on sky. He's versatile which is what I like to be. I'm also a big fan of Alan Brazil because of his successful radio show and his attitude to life in general - he has his faults, but so do I!!

BEST PERSON YOU'VE WORKED WITH (AND WHY): Pete Perry - the man who gave me my first ever job in journalism and was also a top gaffer at the Stourbridge News!!!

BEST FRIEND(S) WITHIN THE INDUSTRY: Richard Clark (Speedway Star Editor).

BEST STADIUM/ VENUE VISITED: Old Trafford, Anfield, Emirates, Millennium, New Road Worcester, Melbourne Cricket Ground.

FAVOURITE STADIUM/ VENUE: Anfield - will be so hard to replace.

BIGGEST HIGH IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR: World Cup 06, Football First, Champions League and Premier League commentary (TalkSPORT), Speedway GP and World Cup (Sky Sports), leading darts tournaments (Sky Sports/ ITV Sport).

BIGGEST LOW: Finishing with Clubcall after over 14-years. It was a shambles, one day I will name and shame. I loved my time with them.

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE: To be as successful as possible and achieve as much as I possibly can - what that will be, who knows, but I won't be sat in any comfort zone.

WHAT ADVICE COULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO WAS LOOKING TO GET INVOLVED IN MEDIA WORK: Work hard and be lucky. Keep a good list of contacts and try and communicate in an old fashioned manner rather than by e-mail and text which kills the art of conversation.


Interview conducted by AP MEDIA