My Matchday: Ben Foster
The Golden Boys talk us through their matchday rituals, routines & habits.
It’s all changed now because we have nutritionists who keep an eye on what we can eat. For years if it was a home game I used to have an Indian or a Chinese on a Friday night and then a bacon sarnie on the Saturday morning and that wouldn’t make much difference to me, being a goalkeeper, but now it’s not quite the same!
Everyone has pretty much got their own specific seat so obviously me being new this season you kind of just sit where there’s a space really. I’m now opposite Kabasele and Gomes.
Once we get to the stadium I get changed quickly and go and get a rub down for about 20 to 30 minutes. After that it’s the usual stuff, get stretched, get a bit of activation done and then before you know it you’re out doing the warm-up.
When I was younger I’d listen to whatever was current but now I don’t get anywhere near the speakers, so I just have to listen to whatever the lads put on.
Normally I cut the sleeves off my goalie top and wear the same colour skin underneath it. I prefer that as it’s a little bit freer around my arms and forearms.
I used to have all the usual ones like putting my boots and gloves on left then right and all that, but I can’t be bothered with it anymore.
When they’re a new pair I’ll cut the laces and then get a lighter and burn the ends, so they don’t fray. I don’t do anything out of the ordinary with them, I just wear the same ones each match.
It doesn’t change whether we win, lose or draw, I’ll just go out for dinner in the evening and see my family.