Monday, 3 October 2011

Interview with Matt Hockley

Few of my blog readers suggested to do interviews so here it goes. I got in contact with Matt and asked whether it would be possible to ask him a few questions about his time at Torquay and in general. So I'm thankful that he gave the time to help me out!

Matt originally joined Torquay United as a trainee. He later turned professional in July 2000. He made sporadic appearances over the next two seasons before becoming a regular under Leroy Rosenior. He is nicknamed 'Pitbull' due to his tenacious tackling. During his time at Plainmoor 2000/2008, Matt made an impressive 239 appearances and scoring 10 goals. In 08/09 he joined Truro City before then signing for his current club Bideford.

You spent the majority of your career at Torquay United. Was it hard to move on?
Yes, it was very hard because I gone to Torquay straight after leaving school so that's all I knew. But in the end, Paul Buckle made the choice for me by not offering a new deal.

What are your best memories and achievements from being at Torquay?
It all came on the same day such as the whole atmosphere when we won promotion to league one on the last game of the season away to Southend.

What or who inspired you to play football?
I grew up around football within my family. I didn't have a choice but I would say that my mum and dad were the driving force.

If you weren't a footballer, is there any other sports or career choices you would of liked to have done?
When I was younger I had always wanted to be a cook of some sort.

What are your plans for the immediate future?
Football wise, hopefully stay at Bideford where I am currently enjoying my time immensely. Work wise, I'm enjoying making a difference at a disabled autistic home for children in Exeter.

Do you have any long term plans?
Just to enjoy every day with my family and friends really.

Finally, name five people you would least like to have round for a dinner party?
John Terry, Gail from coronation street, Jeremy Kyle, Anne Robinson and Drogba haha.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my interview with Matt. For a first time it turned out really well. Therefore, there will be more interviews in the future!


  1. Very intersting. I've followed now so will get updates on your blog. :)

  2. Aw thank you. Much appreciated.

  3. Great interview
    Looking forward to more :-)

  4. Fab read, always good to read interviews and get players perspectives.

  5. Thank you. Appreciate your comments.