Big Interview: Ben Foster
Ben Foster talks about maturing with age and what he does in his down time, in a self-penned interview...
It was nice to win the Players’ Player award last season as it sort of reinforced that I’d had a decent season myself, and long may that continue, to be honest.
I do think these Players’ Player awards are sometimes a bit of a popularity contest though. I sometimes provide the lads with a lot of sweets and chocolates and M&Ms and cokes and all that kind of stuff. I bribe them a little bit so I would’ve been fuming if they hadn’t voted for me!
Seriously though, people keep reminding me about something Troy said about me eating what I want, training twice a week and still being unbelievable, but the truth is I’m just getting very good at knowing what I need and what I don’t need nowadays.
At my age, there are some days when I come in and my body doesn’t feel up to training so I’ll do some work in the gym instead – and Troy’s welcome to come and join me if he can keep up!
Speaking of other players saying funny things, there was a tweet by Edwin van der Sar that got a bit of attention a while back. I said that goalkeepers are the hardest workers and he replied joking that maybe I needed to learn that when I was younger!
I don’t know where he came from with that but I always got on really well with Edwin at Manchester United. When I was there it was a wrong place, wrong time sort of situation and I didn’t enjoy it. But everything happens for a reason and I’m more than happy with where I’m at in my life and the decisions I’ve made.
I’m more chilled out now. I think it’s normal when you’re younger that if you make a mistake you’re swearing and kicking things, but that doesn’t help you. You need to be able to move on because you’re not going to be able to play at your potential if you’re stuck in that state.
Growing up helps, without a doubt, and younger players now are also realising they can go and speak to someone about things if they want to. I’m quite interested in the whole psychology side of things and it’s important players know there are people they can talk to about things like learning to deal with pressure and creating positives from it.
CAN COOK, WILL COOK
One thing that really helps me relax is cooking. Some people find it stressful but I love it. You just need a glass of red wine or a gin and tonic of some sort, and after a few sips of that you just take your time and enjoy it. It’s as simple as that.
I always do the cooking at home. It’s just nice most of the time to have that peace and quiet for about 20 minutes in the kitchen. In the summer I have the barbecue out at every opportunity and I love it.
There was a rumour flying around that I designed our own house, but that’s not really true. We bought the house and renovated it, and the only bit I was interested in was the kitchen. It’s my wife’s house and she was making the decisions, but as long as I get my kitchen that’ll do me!