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Profile: Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Nick commentates on Sunderland AFC's games home and away

Nick Barnes is BBC Newcastle's football commentator for Sunderland AFC matches. Follow the Black Cats home and away with Nick and Gary Bennett.


Place of birth:

Wanstead (East London).

Favourite place or view in the north-east of England:

The Bamburgh coast.

First record you bought?

Oliver's Army by Elvis Costello.

Previous jobs?

Butcher and a frozen food manager at Sainsbury's.

What's the best thing about your job?

Watching football.

What's the worst thing about your job?

Watching bad football.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

It veered from footballer, policeman, sailor and Blue Peter presenter.

What's your happiest memory?

The birth of my children.

What's your worst memory?

Tipping a plate of roast chicken and all the trimmings over a Wedding guest when I was waitering or being tossed by a bull in Spain - both were equally painful. Cutting up livers in freezing cold blood in big green plastic bins at seven in the morning!

Most interesting person you have interviewed for radio?

BB King was my first interview, and Bobby Robson was constantly interesting.

Best thing about your show?

The unpredictability of every game.

Who you would most enjoy being stuck in a lift with?

Shakespeare - to ask if he did write all those plays.

Where you are when you get most of your inspiration or creative thoughts?

Usually in my car.

What are your ambitions?

For my children to grow up healthy and happy.

Proudest achievement?

A bronze Sony Award...at least it leaves me something to strive for!

Where you like to go for quiet moments?

The study.

Memories of teachers at school?

I had a headmistress at primary school in Devon who was straight out of Dickens. I think she was a witch!

What are your bad habits?

Not letting people finish their sentences.

What are your good habits?

Saying thank you when someone holds the door open for me.

Describe yourself in three words.

Very laid back.


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