Ever wondered what tracks footballers are listening to as they prepare for a big match?
Well, Sport Playlists is on a mission to find out as we get professionals to select their very own training playlist.
We kick-off with current Blackpool and former Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing.
The 29-year-old made 55 appearances for his boyhood Reds between 2008-2011, winning the League Cup and reaching the FA Cup final.
He then moved on to Bolton Wanderers, who he captained to the League One title last year, before moving to Bloomfield Road in October 2017.
Off the field, Jay is a big music fan and has unveiled some of the tracks that get him motivated on matchday, or help him unwind after the final whistle.
Jay’s playlist kicks off with Calvin Harris’ new release ‘One Kiss’ ft. Dua Lipa – the seventh UK number one for the Scottish superstar DJ.
Sitting alongside this smash hit are tracks from artists such as Alesso, Drake, Olly Murs, James Bay, Mumford & Sons, Tiesto and more.
Jay spoke to Sport Playlists about his music tastes…
Most streamed artist?
“My music taste is varied – I can go from one extreme to the other, from Drake to Olly Murs to Anton Powers. Out of anyone though, I’d probably say I listen to Calvin Harris the most. He’s always the main one I’d put on in the car. His type of music, for me, is the best.”
“I’ve seen quite a range of people – Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake. I also remember going as a kid to see Five. Going back a bit, the first one I actually went to though was to see Backstreet Boys with my family. I’m sure that will go down well.”
Do you have a favoured matchday playlist?
“Mainly, for me, I listen to chart music from my phone on a matchday. At the minute it has George Ezra, Sigala & Paloma Faith, John Newman, Drake, Calvin Harris, Anton Powers, Ed Sheeran, Chainsmokers and even James Arthur.”
Who controls the dressing room music at Blackpool?
“We started off by saying that everyone could pick a song each but somehow that playlist has disappeared so the main man now is Viv Solomon-Otabor. His music goes from a bit of old school to Drake and a lot of dance tracks. He’s a good dressing room DJ but when we go out for the warm up the gaffer (Gary Bowyer) will actually stick some old school dance tunes on.”
Is there a team-mate with bad music taste?
“Definitely Max Clayton. When I’m with him he can play classics but also some dreadful songs. I won’t let him near the dressing room music.”
Have you ever played an instrument or been in a band?
“No, never! As I said, I’ve been to see Backstreet Boys but never been in a band. I would’ve liked to have played an instrument but I didn’t really have the time as from the age of seven I got into football and have since put all my energy into that.”
If you were an artist, which current or former team-mate would you collaborate with?
“David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers), without a doubt! That man could get a crowd of old people going at a gig. He’d get them all up dancing and having a great time because that’s just the kind of character he is.”