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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 05:49 GMT 06:49 UK
Kevin Nolan column
Kevin Nolan

By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

We were absolutely delighted to beat Portsmouth 1-0 on Monday, and I was pleased to score my first Premiership goal this season.

Nolan celebrates his goal against Portsmouth
There's bound to be talk about the England squad - but I won't be worrying about it.

It was a fantastic feeling and one I haven't felt for a while in the league.

I wasn't aware I hadn't scored since March, but it's great that we got the three points with all the media attention and bad publicity the gaffer and the club have had over the past week or so.

It was such a great performance from all the lads - a really dogged team display.

Portsmouth are flying high, so we knew it was going to be tough and we had to ride out a bit of a storm - but apart from the first 20 minutes Jussi Jaaskelainen didn't have a save to make because of last-ditch tackles and blocks.

So a win for us and a goal for me means there's bound to be more speculation about whether I'll be in Steve McClaren's England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.

It's announced this weekend, but I won't be worrying about it.

Obviously, I'd be delighted with a call-up and it would cap off a great week but it's not something I've thought about because it's been so hectic.

It would be really nice to get the call. But as it comes towards the weekend I've just got to concentrate on our match with Liverpool which is a massive game.

It is a bit weird to be playing Liverpool - they're still the team I support

If we beat them we'll be four points ahead of them, which would be fantastic.

The focus is on beating Liverpool. If the call comes after that then great.

But if I'm thinking about it, it would take my focus off Bolton and the game and would lead to me not performing well.

I know I have to be 100% committed. I always give 100% and Saturday will be no different.

It is a bit weird to be playing Liverpool though. They're still the team I support.

When I get a chance I will go and watch. I'm trying to get a ticket for the Galatasaray game on Wednesday night - maybe I can do a scouting mission while I'm there.

I'm very much a fan of them, but I hope they lose on Saturday because I'm a Boltonian and a Trotter now and that's what's important to me - three points.

I'd be happy if Liverpool won 36 games a year and lost twice to Bolton - with us winning 38 games of course.

Away from football, it's been the Ryder Cup and, like a lot of footballers, I'm into golf.

In a few years I want to be able to take Gary Speed round the golf course and whip him

I managed to see a lot on Friday and Saturday, but didn't see much of the finale on Sunday, which was a shame.

At the moment, I'm not one who plays golf regularly, but it's something I'll definitely try to do next summer.

My next door neighbour used to play off scratch so he said he would give me lessons and I'll start there. I'm a big lad so I need to get my swing right or I'll look an absolute nugget on the greens.

I think golf is popular with footballers because it's so relaxing, you can have a good laugh and get away from it all.

Gary Speed is big into golf and goes with a few of the lads from Newcastle to Portugal in the summer.

I went to Las Vegas with a few of the Bolton lads and Ian Walker came along with a friend and they played a lot of golf in America.

I would say Speedo and Walks are top dogs at the moment but Jussi and Nicky Hunt are getting into it big time.

In a few years I want to be able to take Speedo round the course and whip him. But I'm not going to go out with him until then.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Kevin, if you had the chance to join a bigger club, but had to be part of a bigger squad which meant "squad rotation" would you take the opportunity?
Dan Carter, UK

People see what happened with Shaun Wright-Phillips. Shaun's a good friend of mine and I feel sorry for him because he was different class at Man City. Obviously he hasn't lost it, he's just with a lot of top pros at Chelsea. He probably went there thinking he'd be playing a lot but he's not. It's not something I have thought much about because I've not had the opportunity to move. All I would say is that I think I really need to be playing 35-40 games and if I'm not then its probably a disappointing season for me.


Hi Kevin, I met Bibi (Ricardo Gardner) years ago. He's the reason I'm now an avid Bolton/Big Sam/Nolan/Speed fan. I applaud the club for their tenacity and loyalty to their players - that is how I used to play, tenacious and loyal to my team. Tell Big Sam that Jamaica supports him to the fullest...Craig, Jamaica/USA

It's really nice to hear about all these countries round the world who know about Bolton. When I've been abroad I've been recognised in places you wouldn't expect it, especially with Bolton being a small town club who have not really done anything in Europe yet. It's great because we're on the map and hopefully in the next few years we can become even more global by playing in Europe every season.


Hi Kevin, where does Ivan Campo get his haircut? I read once that he jets back and forth to Madrid for it. Can't be true?
Richard Hughes, Bolivia (from England)

It's certainly true he does get a barber to do it in Madrid. I think once or twice he might have done it in England but mostly in Madrid. Having a hairdo like that it has to be perfect every day so I don't think he likes anyone messing with it. He's a great lad and it sets off his character as someone who is up for a laugh and joke and commands respect.


What is your mobile ringtone, Kev?
Jonathan, England

It was the Godfather tune but I've changed it to Cassie's Me and U. But I'll probably go back to the Godfather in the next week or so as I always get bored of the songs and I love the Godfather tune.


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