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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Rich Pelley

Sunday with Alex Scott: ‘My mum’s roast dinners are the full works’

Sports commentator Alex Scott
‘I struggle to lie in, I don’t want to waste the day’: Alex Scott. Photograph: Jon Kopaloff/WireImage

Up early or lie in? I struggle to lie in. I don’t want to waste the day, especially if I’ve got a day off. I’m like: ‘Right, I’m up, gym or pilates, nice walk, listen to a podcast and it’s still so early.’ Then I can have an amazing brunch or go visit my mum.

Who else is at the gym? The gym is a circuit class, so everyone’s feeling pumped, ready to attack a Sunday. Pilates is more of a chilled vibe.

Sunday breakfast? I love breakfast. It’s my favourite meal. Anything with eggs – poached, scrambled, an omelette – with avocado and spinach. My mum used to take me to a proper café for a fry-up after training. I signed to Arsenal when I was eight, grew up through the Arsenal ranks all the way to the first and England team.

Will your mum be expecting you? Yes. My mum’s roast dinners are fabulous. She adds rice, which has led to some big debates on Instagram. They’re still the full works: potato, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, but the rice comes from Dad’s Jamaican upbringing. Now I’ve been talking about my mum’s roast dinner, I’m going to have to visit her for one.

Sunday afternoon? Just relax and let everything digest. Then catch up with family and friends to check that everybody is all right, and watch something on TV.

What are you watching? If I do have a Sunday off from presenting, I have guilt that I still need to stay across it. So I’ll still put the football on in the background just to check the scores and see what’s going on.

Last thing before bed? Checking my phone, let’s not lie. One last email or reply to one last WhatsApp, set my alarm for the gym, and finally put my phone away.

Look forward to or dread Mondays? I look forward to them. I think: ‘I’m ready, I’m going attack the week. What does this week hold in store?’ If you go in with a negative attitude, that’s how the week’s going to pan out.

• This article was amended on 4 September 2023 to remove some wording which, owing to an editing error, had been transposed from an interview with another subject.

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