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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2006, 20:06 GMT 21:06 UK
Kevin Nolan column
Kevin Nolan

By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

Obviously it's the international break at the moment and here at Bolton we've taken the opportunity to go to Valencia in Spain for a bit of warm-weather training.

Nolan has backed Barton over his 'backside' incident
I know Joey and he's a really sound lad. I'm sure he didn't plan to offend anyone

We're in a fabulous hotel, right by the beach and with a pool, and it's good to combine a bit of technical training with some relaxing and team bonding.

All the squad members that aren't with their countries are here and the management staff are enjoying a little bit of downtime as well because they work really hard during the season too.

Generally we're training in the morning and then having another session in the afternoon, making use of the facilities that are here.

When we're not training, we're playing a bit of golf, chilling out by the pool and, obviously, we're having a bit of banter with the new players, helping them bed in and letting them know what we're all about.

But just because we're out in a foreign country does not mean we're out partying and drinking, far from it.

We're working hard and keeping on top of our fitness because we have a massive game coming up against Newcastle.

The last thing we want to do is spoil our last two results which have been good wins for us.

And with the whole staff out here as well it means we can work with the physio, have a massage if we need it, and the players suffering with injuries can continue their rehabilitation.

In fact, even though it's really lovely and sunny, the only down side is that it's a bit windy and it's doing me no favours on the golf course.

Just because we're out in a foreign country does not mean we're out partying and drinking, far from it

The better players seem to be less affected by it, but I'm not that good, even without the wind. I'm certainly not up to Gary Speed's level just yet, but I'll get there some day.

It's also been a bit of an unusual trip in that everyone remembered their passport.

In the past we've had a couple of incidents where people have forgotten them or, worse still, lost them while they're away and had to stay behind to get a new one. But everything has gone smoothly.

At least until Friday when we come home anyway.

We have got a couple of days off then and I don't really have any specific plans to watch the England game.

I'm going to go away with my fiancee for a bit and just chill out. She's pregnant and four weeks from her due date right now so it'll be good for us to get away together.

I don't really have any specific plans to watch the England game. I'm going to go away with my fiancee for a bit and chill out

Despite us being away though, I've still heard the furore that has followed Joey Barton baring his backside at the weekend.

Every player gets stick, wherever we play. Some players react differently to it, but you've just got to deal with it.

I know Joey and he's a really sound lad. He has just done something off the cuff and I'm sure he didn't plan to offend anyone, it was just a spur of the moment thing.

I'll be honest, I couldn't stop laughing when I saw it.

It's easy to see why he's been provoked though because we all get it. Crowds are always telling me I'm rubbish but I just smile and have a laugh with them. And then try to score!

But it's what is good about football to my mind. Supporters have a bit of banter with you, they have a go, and they're supporting their team.

If they can get a reaction from you, fair play, they're doing their best to support their team.

I've never had any trouble as skipper here, the players always conduct themselves brilliantly.

If I did, I'm sure we'd handle it the right way, myself, the boss and senior players.

Generally, supporters are good to us on and off the pitch really. And when they're not, it's up to us to handle it correctly.


Kevin, how many keep-ups can you do?
Sam, Australia

I've not counted since I was a kid I don't think. But probably a lot.

If you got stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
Sarah Jones, England

Well, first of all I'd take a dinghy! I'd have to take my fiance, obviously, but if not her I'd say Jennifer Aniston.

If you were England manager for the day, who would you pick. Great column by the way!
Jamie Seddon, Australia

I really hope Scott Parker gets his chance. I have always rated him and he has done really well this season. He's a top lad, has worked really hard, so hopefully he gets his shot.

I've heard it's usually Nicky Hunt, Stelios or El Hadji Diouf that picks the music in the dressing room? What do you listen to?
Louise Richardson, Redditch

No, no, no - anyone can pick the music except Stelios! He has the worst taste in music ever, without question. If Speedo is in then he'll generally put something on, but I usually change it because it's a bit too rocky for me! But we all like "The World's Greatest" by R Kelly and "Show me Love" by Robin S. I don't mind most music though really, as long as Stelios hasn't chosen it.

Hello Kevin, it's your best mate on the other side of the world playing a bit of footy. I'm keeping up to date with how your season is going and it's good to see you're scoring. I'm gutted for you not to be in the England squad, hopefully next time. I'll be back in six months so get the beer ready, will be good to see you all again - and the new addition to the family will be around then. Take care mate.
Danny Webster, Australia

Ah wow, that's quality. You've brought a bit of tear to my eye to be honest mate! I'm made up to hear from you and can't wait for you to get home soon.

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