REID ALL ABOUT IT
Thursday was ‘recovery day’, a lighter session for the players following the exertions of a mammoth session 24 hours earlier.
And that was as good an invitation as any for a good sit down with Steven Reid – the fruits of which can be seen on the website and Clarets Player.
And the Clarets summer arrival revealed he was stunned to be on familiar territory in an 11th hour bout of deja vu!
Reidy explained: “I came here with West Bromwich Albion last summer, but I only found out we were coming back to the exact same hotel when we got on the coach.
“I was speaking to a couple of the boys and Matty Taylor, my roommate mentioned it, so that was a pleasant surprise. It’s good to be back though and the weather is decent, so I’m right at home!”
Speaking of new boys, the dreaded initiation night finally arrived, with five newbies all having to perform a song to the existing players and staff.
And it’s fair to say the choices were, erm, varied.
Reidy again takes up the story: “I went for a bit of an old classic, Otis Redding and sitting on the Dock Of The Bay.
“That’s one for the older boys; the younger ones are more likely into Bieber, but I went for a classic and the lads were happy with it, so that’s the main thing. I was clapped off early, mind!
“The roomie (Matty Taylor) went with Spice Girls, Wannabe, which was interesting. We had a little practice in the room and I was telling him how good he was!”
FINGERS ON BUZZERS
Keeping the players occupied is a key ingredient to successful tours. The lads have plenty of downtime between and after training, but the evenings are filled with team briefings and, on Wednesday, even a light-hearted quiz.
Sam Vokes’ team ran out victorious in this year’s ‘Question of Sport’ type event, compered by assistant manager Ian Woan and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer. However, after speaking to several of the squad, Sue Barker can rest easy, as her position is safe!
UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Getting locked in the Thermanstadion Bad Waltersdorf wasn’t on the agenda!
But at the end of the afternoon training session, with Sean Dyche insisting he had a little more work for the lads to do, we sat and waited patiently… and waited some more.
It was only upon hearing the click of keys that we realised that ‘work’ was sending the squad on a run back to the hotel, leaving the media boys stranded after the coach set of ahead.
Thankfully, a few spare bikes saved the day!