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Fulham - Bullard on his Call-Up!

I know we've already spoke about the best thing happening since slice bread!

But it is such a unique occurrence, these days; that we feel we've just got to concentrate on it and give it the saturation coverage it deserves.

With the possible England debut of Jimmy Bullard only a matter of days away the press are now starting to focus on just how far he has come since his early days and since that awful injury suffered up at St James Park.

In an interview ahead of the big game, Jimmy has spoken out about his beginnings in non-league football and striving to keep his head above water financially remarking,

'It's been a slow rise! I began at Gravesend, now I'm in the England squad.'

'But it's been a great education for me - I've been right through the leagues.'

'At the start I was a painter and decorator with my dad. I did that for three years and it was hard at times.'

'But my dad looked after me, he always gave me a day off when I was playing.'

'It was hard to play as well as having a 9-5 job or 7am to 7pm. It was my dad's company so he looked after me, but it was still hard work, rubbing down walls and ceilings.'


With reference to the injury that saw Bullard have to fight the demons of rehabilitation, Jimmy had this to say,

'There were a few dark times when I was in that gym wondering if I'd ever kick a ball again professionally - so to get called up by your country is a great honour. I'm overwhelmed really. Fulham haven't got a game this weekend so I'd have probably played golf and gone fishing instead.'

'I might even have popped over to the England hotel, The Grove in Watford, to play golf.'

'I've played here a few times but its much better doing it wearing the Three Lions tracksuit!'


Looking forward to the possibility of starting and how he would cope Jimmy gave the following response,

'I'll just be myself. The boys help you along, so it's quite easy. I play with a smile on my face - and that's how I play my best. I can't get too uptight.'

I guess it'll be us Fulham supporters getting nervous then and not our Jimmy!




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

No need to be nervous for JB, only time I've seen him look fazed was when the fire jets lit as he walked past them in the Carling cup final, he'll probably be whistling the national anthem like Daley Thompson.
yams
when he plays golf - do you reckon he stands still whilst the other players play or is he a bundle of energy still?
Al Billy
I reckon he drives them mad, whistling, building sandcastles in the bunkers etc. etc
Putney
he's been from the lower class club of peterborough then to wigan then to fulham and now called up for England, UNBELIEVABAL!!!
FUL4EVA
jimmy always said he thanked fulham for saving his career after that terriable injury and said he wouldnt leave and hes been true to his word ,now he has got his just rewards ,good on you jimmy
dan the man
so will he start - anyone care to guess?
Al Billy
I am hoping that he gets a place on the bench and that we finally start to play well so Andorra are 3-0 down at halftime so Capello risks Bullard off the bench. Bullard promptly sets one goal up and scores the fifth and then blocks on the line an Andorran consolation effort!!!!!
donfulham
just dun get injured play well for us n England come on Bully
genuch
 

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