Martin Keown's Traveller's Tale

on 16/03/2017

Martin Keown’s Traveller’s Tale

Martin Keown is a professional footballer who played as a defender from 1984 to 2005 notably in the Premier League for Arsenal where he made over 400 appearances for the club and won 10 honours.

He also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Reading. Keown made his England debut in 1992 against France and went on to win 43 caps for the national side over the next 10 years, gradually forming a respected defensive partnership with Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams at both club and international level. Keown represented England at four major international football finals including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Martin is now a part-time scout and coach for Arsenal, as well as a pundit for the BBC, ESPN, TV3, and Al Jazeera Sports.

Here Dom Reilly gains some insight into Martin's life and travels.

What's your favourite holiday destination and why?
Ireland it's a chance to meet family and friends.

Where in the world would you like to go that you haven’t been already?

What’s your preferred mode of transport?

Do you have a favourite hotel?
The Landmark, London and the Grosvenor, Dubai

What do you always travel with?
My iPad 

What's your top tip to beat jet lag?
Sleep if possible and drink plenty of water

If you had to give one piece of advice when setting off on a trip, what would it be?
See everything as an adventure and expect the unexpected

What is your proudest moment?
Seeing my two sons being born

Who has been your greatest influencer?
My parents

It’s often said that life’s a journey – all be it a one-way ticket.  If you could return as one thing or one person, what or whom would that be and why?
J.F. Kennedy and make sure I didn't get into that car!

Who is the most interesting person that you have sat next to on a plane?
No one in particular, most people chat to me on a plane about football

What do you do on your time off?
I try to keep my spare time for my family 

Who (living or not) would make the most interesting dinner table guests? (Table of 8)
Mohammed Ali
Winston Churchill
Dylan Thomas
Gregory Peck
James Stewart
Michael Jackson
Dustin Hoffman

What is the most memorable gift that you have ever been given?
A double winners watch from Arsenal for 1998

What is your advice for balancing work and family life?
Be organised, plan and put things in the diary. And be brave enough to say NO to work commitments

Quick Fire…

Fry up or cereal?
Fry up

Coffee of tea?    

Champagne or beer?  

Sand or snow?    

Sea or swimming pool?  
Swimming pool 

Football or rugby ball?    

Smart or casual?    

Shoes or trainers?  

Newspaper or tablet?  

Novel or movie?    

Thanks a million Martin!

Martin travels with his Dom Reilly watch roll and travel wallet.


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