Striker visits BBC BerkshireSimon Cox was reunited with two of his primary school teachers on Monday morning as he guested on BBC Radio Berkshire.
Alongside regular breakfast hosts Andrew Peach and Susanne Courtney, the Royals striker was accompanied by Pat Owen and Jenny Dimmock.
The pair, both former teachers at Downsway Primary School, guided Cox through his fledgling years as a pupil in Tilehurst. Mrs Dimmock taught the forward during the 1994-95 school year, while 12 months earlier Mrs Owen’s first ever class included a certain smiley individual.
When rummaging through some old things recently, Mrs Owen stumbled across a piece of work produced by Cox as a six-year-old. Having then contacted the radio show, the trio, as well as the artwork, were reunited.
The A3 sheet of paper included a school photo, a self-portrait, a what-I-will-look-like-when-I’m-older picture and a list of his targets. Young Cox stated that he was armed with a decent knowledge of numbers but confessed that becoming a footballer was his career goal.
Reminiscing about his primary school days on the show, Cox said: “I really enjoyed every minute of school. It was my first real memory of football and I went in every morning and just wanted to kick the ball around on the playground.
“I’m sure my teachers will agree that I wasn’t really interested in doing much work, just going outside and playing with my friends!”
The 27-year-old also had to revisit a former fear of his – the terrapin, which was a cold, murky building at the end of the playground.
Royals supporters can tune into the whole show on the BBC iPlayer here. The special feature begins on two hours, 11 minutes and lasts for around half an hour.