Simon wanted to be a footballer when he grew up
Simon Pryde presents Total Sport each weekday evening, with a helping hand from John Anderson and Marco Gabbiadini.
Place of birth
Favourite view in the north-east of England?
The views from my mum's farm
Cheviots to the south, north Northumberland coast to the east.
Describe yourself in three words.
Misguided dysfunctional gambler.
First record you bought?
Snakes and Ladders by Captain Sensible!
What couldn't you live without?
Football. Simple as. What would be the point?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I had my football career all planned out - which clubs I would play for, and when
What makes you angry?
Inanimate objects when they cause me injury (a frequent occurrence) and parsnips, especially when disguised as roast potatoes.
If you were making a time capsule what would you put in it?
A packet of pork scratchings, a racing bike and Peter Crouch.
Most interesting person you've interviewed?
Cerys Matthews for quirky tangents and Kenwyne Jones for laconic philosophy.
Working for the BBC at the Beijing Olympics; presenting Total Sport for the first time; doing a solo skydive; doing the Great North Run five times and beating Martin Emmerson at golf.
Your greatest regret?
Playing golf with Martin Emmerson in the first place. Deciding to "try a parsnip".
Lots - mainly from travelling experiences in Australia, India, Japan, China, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa
My first parsnip.