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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Jason Roberts column
Wigan striker Jason Roberts
By Jason Roberts
Wigan striker

Jason Roberts and Jimmy Bullard
Roberts looks shocked by Bullard's latest dance move
We're playing really well at the moment and we're buzzing in the Wigan dressing room.

It's quite an eccentric place, but we all get on really well and everyone has their own ritual before a game.

We get our music playing, with Leighton Baines in charge of things. He actually plays quite a good little selection.

It gets Jimmy Bullard up and dancing. He's always hyperactive before a match, usually dancing away in the corner, which in itself is a real performance because he has not got any rhythm.

It's so funny to see him jumping up and down - in his pants!

There's no way anyone could learn any moves from him. How can he look cool when he's got a body like a 12-year-old and a big, fuzzy perm?

I've never seen anyone like him - he is so excited and has so much energy, I think he completes a marathon in the dressing room before the game.

There are so many different personalities, from John Filan listening to rock music and banging his head against the wall, to Matt Jackson reading The Times.

Jacko thinks he's a bit of a gentleman with his paper - all he needs now is a pipe and slippers.

But he's got a wicked, dark sense of humour and he's always cracking the boys up - though mostly we're laughing at his clothes.

Alan Mahon went to see the doctor to find out if eating burnt toast was a health risk

He's getting on a bit and tries to play safe by wearing all the same colour clothes, thinking he looks 'edgy' - but really he just looks awful.

And he's not the only one.

John Filan is amazing. Even in the winter he comes in wearing a t-shirt and corduroy shorts.

It's probably because he's an Aussie and he thinks it's all right to do that. But it's NEVER all right to do that.

Then you have Pascal Chimbonda sitting there, shivering, with his gloves on. He doesn't like the cold, and he must think the dressing room isn't warm enough.

Alan Mahon is very well-dressed. I'll give Mahony the nod as the most stylish guy at the club.

He is very serious about his clothes. I think he spends the night before sketching out his look for the next day and I'm sure he has his gear all decked out in his dressing room for the whole week.

It's just a shame he's a hypochondriac. It's hard to be cool when you think you're always ill!

He used to come in every morning and ask for burnt toast for breakfast until all the players convinced him it was really bad for you.

I think he even went to see the doctor to find out if eating burnt toast was a health risk!

The club is a great place to be. There's a lot of fun and a lot of banter and that carries into training too.

But it's very competitive and there are always forfeits handed out.

This morning we were playing five-a-side matches and my team lost three out of three - no team has ever done that before.

Even the gaffer (Paul Jewell) was cheating and trying to help us win a game.

But we had to take our punishment and we had 'double forfeits' which was very, very hard.

We had to sprint to the 18-yard line and back, to the half-way line and back and so on - but twice every time - and we had to do the whole thing three times.

Fair enough - we were rubbish. I went home and had a look in the mirror because I was awful in training, just shocking.

You know it hasn't been your day when no-one is even taking the Mickey out of you.

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