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Quick-Fire Questions With... Paul Huntington

14 June 2021

First Team News

Quick-Fire Questions With... Paul Huntington

14 June 2021

We're now over halfway through putting our Quick-Fire Questions to members of the PNE squad, and up to face them this time around is Paul Huntington.

Known as 'Hunts' or 'Cumbrian Cannavaro' by the North End fans, the defender has endeared himself to the Deepdale faithful throughout his near-decade at the club.

But supporters may not be so aware of his life away from the Lilywhites, so we delved a little deeper into his early career.

What is your first footballing memory?

Going to the summer soccer school camps in Carlisle when I was around eight or nine.

How did you get involved with football growing up?

I went to a few soccer schools and got asked to join a team called Yewdale Pegasus.

What was your favourite subject at school?


How did you become a defender?

I slowly moved back from being a striker at around 13 or 14 years old due to my height!

What was the first football shirt you owned?

I think it was a Manchester United home shirt with ‘SHARP’ as sponsor when I was five. It was random as I didn’t support them! I also had a Romario No.10 Brazil home shirt. I loved it.

Which team did you support growing up?

I followed Newcastle after signing there at ten years old.

Did you suffer any setbacks in your early career?

I had groin/hernia problems at Leeds United which kept me out a while. That was a frustrating time as I’d never had anything like that before.

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What’s the story of your professional debut?

My pro debut was for Newcastle at Blackburn. I came on for the last ten minutes at 2-1 up. I was nervous and cleared a corner which Brad Friedel came up for and we broke to score the third to win 3-1. I sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate.

My full debut was at Chelsea four days later. We lost 1-0 and Didier Drogba scored. I found out I was starting the afternoon of the game which was probably for the best!

What is your best footballing memory?

Promotion with PNE at Wembley and the last five and a half years in Championship.

What is your initiation song? Is it good?

Love Song - Boys II Men. Rubbish!

What’s the best advice someone has given to you?

Love the game, not the image of the game (Glenn Roeder, my academy manager at Newcastle).

What’s your best advice for young players?

Give it everything, listen/learn and enjoy it!

What career would you have had if you weren’t a footballer?

Not sure, something involving sport.

We still have plenty of our first team to put under the spotlight, with Sean Maguire the next to answer our Quick-Fire Questions on PNE.Com.

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