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16 October 2014
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Nathan Blake

Footballer, Blackburn Rovers and Wales

I have played for Newport, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Sheffield United, Bolton and Blackburn. I made my name with my home town Cardiff, and moved on to Sheffield United during 93 - 94. At Bolton, I played a large part in the record-breaking 96 - 97 First Division Championship Season.

My children, my mother, my oldest brothers, Jason and Nigel. My family are very important to me.

How did all began:
I joined Cardiff and tried really hard to play well there. Whenever I had the chance to play in the first team, I tried to excite people with my play.

Big break:
Harry Lee taught me to play football. He was my mentor. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am. He would see what you could do with a ball and work on it. He could have been a professional as he was a great player.

Career highlight:
Winning the league with Cardiff City, and winning the league with Bolton were great highlights. Also, getting the winning goal against Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup 4th Round for Blackburn Rovers last year.

Another wonderful moment was scoring the first goal at the Millennium Stadium for Wales against Norway in 1994. I have got more than 20 caps for my country.

Worst time:
When I met Frank Sinclair, who plays for Leicester - don’t worry, he’s a friend of mine. He’s a great guy, you’d have to meet him to understand.

Tips from the top:
Don’t ever give up. Be strong mentally and physically. Don’t ever let anyone walk over you. Accept criticism if it’s constructive. Go for it! Go after what you believe in!

Job experiences before you were famous:
I didn’t have any - I’ve always loved football, and always played.

Cymraeg (Welsh)

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