Getting to Know The Blues – Mike Finnemore

The new feature of our programme each week is ‘Getting To Know The Blues’ it gives you the chance to get a better understanding of what our players are really like. 

In this week’s edition of Getting to Know The Blues, we speak to new first team captain Mike Finnemore. He gives us an insight into some of his favourite things and some of his biggest fears.

We thought we would give you, the Priory Park faithful an opportunity to get to know the man that will be leading out The Blues today.

How has it been in your first couple of months as captain?

It’s been different, but it means a lot to me as a player that has come up through the ranks. I’ve been getting used to the new set up and trying to follow in the footsteps and take inspiration from someone like Tom Eaton and the other senior players, I’m loving it.

Do you have any superstitions?

I have to brush my teeth pre match, and I always have the wear the same colour boxers for each game.

Three people to be stuck in a lift with?

Karl Pilkington definitely, would love to listen to his ramblings. Ricky Gervais just to watch the two of them slog it out! And the third would have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Have you got any nicknames at the club?

Groundrigs, Finney, and Python.

Do you have any hobbies away from rugby or any hidden talents?

I did archery for North England, I’m quite proud of that.

Any phobias?

Not particularly, but I’m not too keen on tight spaces, being buried alive would probably be the worst thing that could happen.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Sylvester Stallone, he’s got the mashed up face for it.

Favourite band?

I’ve always been keen on my rock music, things like AC/DC and Iron Maiden. But if we’re talking a recent band, I think Royal Blood are really good.

Favourite film?

Has to be Pumping Iron, based on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Three things you would take to a desert island?

Knife, lighter and a sleeping bag, I’ll keep it sensible!

Most memorable rugby moment.

I would say last year at Darlington but everyone will probably say that! I’ll go with breaking my nose at home to Harrogate last year, as I went into shunt someone over the whitewash, one of their players stood up and I put my face on the back of their head, wasn’t pleasant. 

Be sure to pick up a copy of this week’s programme as we catch up with last week’s man of the match; Franky Barker.


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