Matchday DJ Of The Week #6 – David Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.)

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Welcome back to ‘Matchday DJ Of The Week’, where each week we interview a matchday DJ from the world of football, asking them 10 serious and not so serious questions. In the spotlight this week we have Wolverhampton Wanderers’ very own, David Hunt!

 

  • Name: David Hunt
  • Occupation: Stadium DJ @ Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
  • Club Website: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
  • Division: English Premier League
  • Stadium: Molineux Stadium
  • Capacity: 31,700
  • Twitter(s): Wolves & David Hunt

The Interview 

SM: When did you take over as Matchday DJ at Wolverhampton Wanderers?

DH: I’ve actually worked as part of the PA Team at Wolves for 20 years but only took over as lead announcer in November 2018. Sadly, my first match was a 2-0 home loss to Huddersfield!

SM: How did you initially get into the role?

DH: I contacted the club suggesting some music when I was 16 (it was me that was responsible for Tom Hark becoming our goal music in the early 2000’s but lets just keep that between us – haha!). I was invited in to see how the team did things behind the scenes and ended up being asked to help out on matchdays every week. When my predecessor left at short notice in 2018, I offered to step in as a temporary fix for a few games and here we are three years later!

SM: Can you remember your first football match/stadium experience?

DH: I don’t remember the date (it would have been somewhere in the mid 90’s), but it was Wolves v Bradford at Molineux. I think Wolves won 1-0 with a Steve Bull goal. I never looked back and became a season ticket holder from then until I started working for the club.

SM: Would you say your first experience of live football and the memories of that day were motivation for taking on the role of stadium DJ?

DH: Not at all, that was a happy coincidence. Never in a million years could I have known that one day I’d be the voice shouting “Goal for Wolves” to the Molineux faithful.

SM: In all your time at Wolves, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous golden shirt?

DH: All round player has to be João Moutinho in the last few years; what a player! But I was also lucky enough to enjoy a few years of Bully (Steve Bull) – I can’t see his scoring record ever being beaten so it was nice to see some of those goals in person.

 

SM: Who is your favourite artist/band of all time?

DH: I have the most eclectic taste in music ever. The two artists that stick out are Phil Collins and The All-American Rejects, both for very different reasons. Katy Perry was a guilty pleasure a few years back too. Told you my taste was mixed!

SM: Which piece of music do you think is the ultimate track for motivating a footballing side?

DH: In a dressing room it’d have to be ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem. I’m currently listening to Barack Obama‘s autobiography and he said he listened to it in the lead up to debates too – it’s a track that’d motivate anyone with lyrics like that. In stadium build up it’s completely down to the team and their what music their fans get behind.

SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play at Molineux?

DH: Not really – I prefer to let the music be about the players and fans rather than my personal preferences. In the last few years we’ve let the players pick the songs we play as they warm up on the pitch and that’s opened my eyes to some interesting new tracks!

SM: What are the main songs you use week in, week out at the ground?

DH: We play ‘Hi Hi Silver Lining’ (Hi Hi Wolverhampton) by Jeff Beck before every game and have done for years. In more recent times we’ve adopted ‘L’amour Toujours‘ by Gigi D’Agostino as somewhat of an unlikely terrace chant after fans brought it back from our trip to Espanyol in the Europa League. It was so popular it even became our goal music at Molineux over the lockdown months.

SM: On a final note, are there any funny mishaps/cock-ups that have taken place that come to mind when you think about your career so far?

DH: My worst mistake to date was when we played Norwich in 19-20. Norwich made a sub and having let my attention drift to the scores that had flashed up on the TV in the PA Room, I cheerfully announced “Substitution for Watford” to the stadium. The crowd gave me a bit of stick for that! They both play in yellow – that’s my defence and I’m sticking to it (even though Norwich were in their away kit that day).
There is also a long story where a very angry Mick McCarthy crossed with me and the fourth official giggling like schoolboys – but I’ll leave you all wondering on that one for another day!

 

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to David for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all of the Wolves’ players, staff and supporters the very best for the 2021/22 season!

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