In The Hotseat - Whitby Town Wembley hero

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THIS week’s celebrity In The Hotseat is former professional footballer Andy Toman, arguably one of the best players to pull on a Whitby Town jersey.

Toman was a scorer for the Blues when they beat North Ferriby 3-0 in the final of the FA Vase at the Wembley in May 1997.

Andy Toman

Andy Toman

That Whitby side were one of the best in the club’s history, also landing the Northern League title the same season before winning promotion again 12 months later, from the UniBond League first division to the premier division.

Toman played at football league level for Hartlepool and Lincoln City and is now an FA coach.

Sports editor Duncan Atkins fires the 20 questions ...

1 What are your first memories of Whitby?

Memories of Whitby are all the joyful fans at Wembley and going round Whitby on the open top bus and seeing the fans of all ages with smiles on their faces.

2 What makes Whitby special to you?

Whitby has a special place with me, as over the years we (the team) had a special rapport with the fans. We gave our all and the fans backed us through thick and thin because they realised what we were doing and what we were trying to achieve. We all worked together with the committee and we all deserved the vast amount of success we achieved, by playing football the way football should be played and also talking/liaising with the fans.

3 What has been the highlight of your life so far?

Do you need to ask? Wembley and all the above, every game at Whitby was a highlight because they were so enjoyable.

4 What is your biggest regret?

Leaving Whitby was a regret as I feel I still had a couple of seasons left in me. But the biggest was not managing such a great club as I’m a better manager than I was a player and I’d liked to have given something back to the loyal fans of Whitby.

5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Shredded Wheat. I’m on a keep fit diet at the moment.

6 What is your favourite eating place?

My favourite eating place is a restaurant in Darlington called Sardis, they serve all meals but specialise in Italian food.

7 What is your favourite pub?

Some people won’t believe this but I don’t drink anymore, so I’ll say the Blue Bell in Middlesbrough because when footballing, I usually met up there for transport to matches.

8 Where are the best fish and chips?

Sacky’s in Whitby by far. Sometimes I get a free drink with the fish and chips, which helps.

9 What is your worst habit?

My worst habit is being a perfectionist, everything must be right. This is in all I do which leaves me with no excuses for things that may go wrong.

10 Where was your last holiday?

Thailand. This was an over 40s football tournament which lasted 10 days. It is a beautiful country.

11 When was the last time you cried?

The last time I cried was when I fell out with my partner. I am now divorced but it could be a lot worse as I still have football.

12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

Ideal Whitby day would be get back together with my partner, go to Sacky’s for fish and chips and a drink (all free of charge) then go and manage Whitby in the semi-final second leg of the FA Trophy and take them through to a Wembley final, then go out on the town and mix with the fans.

13 What was your first job?

My first job was an apprentice welder. I only took the job because it was Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. This allowed me to play football on a Saturday.

14 What is your favourite film?

Taken with Liam Neeson, also Great Escape. You will probably realise I don’t watch many films.

15 What is your favourite book?

The Boss, The many sides of Alex Ferguson: it’s a compelling read.

16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with the money?

If I won the lottery I’d make sure my two daughters were looked after and put some money into a deserving football club to help develop the club from grassroots to senior level, with the right people running the club and have a holiday now and again.

17 Dracula or Captain Cook?

Captain Cook, I’m scared of Dracula.

18 What is your signature dish?

At the moment Shredded Wheat, but usually peri peri chicken and chips.

19 What is your favourite drink?

Orange squash.

20 What would be your epitaph?

No airs or graces, I did it my way!