3. Stan Collymore
Stanley Victor Collymore is a favourite of Dr Sparkles for several reasons. Firstly, due to his Footballing Legend status. The 6ft 3 striker has played football from an early age but is probably best remembered for his times at Nottingham Forest (his excellent form in 1993-1994 helped Forest achieve promotion), his near-miss at joining Manchester United (eventually Andy Cole was signed instead) and his time at Liverpool, where impressive stats analysis shows that he scored a goal on average once every 2.5 games.
Dr Sparkles is a fan of Stan as he is open and honest about all of his issues and never shies away from admitting that in the past he did not behave in a very good way, as far as his personal life goes. In a world where footballers are either too scared to reveal who they are or lie about what they get up to, this ex-professional is a breath of fresh air. The fact that he has shouted out to Dr Sparkles on TalkSport a few times also helps his cause…
2. Robbie Savage
The self-styled ‘Peoples Pundit’ may not be the most obvious choice from a Dr Sparkles recommend, but following him for just a few days on twitter will turn even the most hardened hater into a fan – if it’s for the twitter rows he gets into or the amazing photos that he tweets of his daily life…
Robert William Savage is a Welsh midfielder who is currently captain of Derby County – Mr Savage is well known for his interesting playing style, which often winds up other players and results in him getting booked a lot, and he currently holds the record for most yellow cards of any Premiership player in the league’s history (98 – a title jointly held with Lee Bowyer).
It isn’t just the ex-Manchester United player’s antics on the field that made him catch Dr Sparkle’s eye – nor was it his gorgeous mane of loin-like tresses – but also his fantastic and fun punditry on 606, Radio 5 Live and occasionally on ESPN. The man in hilarious. His bod isn’t too shabby either…
1. Darren Huckerby
Handsome forward Darren Huckerby is a legend, and it’s not only because he has tweeted Dr Sparkles recently. As his own profile on twitter states: Ex-premier League player, founder of Darren Huckerby Trust charity, all round good bloke Mr Huckerby is an all-round good bloke, and his tweets attest to that. He is always kind, courteous and always happy to promote charities and people who ask him to help him out.
The ex-Norwich man is a popular one amongst Norwich fans due to his well-known nice-guy-ness, along with the fact that he played pretty darn well for them too. This is evidenced by him winning Norwich City player of the year awards in 2005 and 2007.
Proof further is the Darren Huckerby Trust (http://www.darrenhuckerbytrust.co.uk/), of which Darren is a founder. The trust provides support for local charities, community projects and individuals in need across Norfolk. What a man! Dr Sparkles likes to read tweets from footballers (ex- or current) who come across and decent and down-to-earth human beings, hence why Hucks is at number one on her list.