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Square roots: Sam Goodall

Pompey, Rugby and Hong Kong living! Find out what our Senior Account Manager Sam Goodall, gets up to in his spare time...

25/05/2024
First question

Who are you and what is your role?

I’m Sam Goodall, and I’m a Senior Account Manager for the B2B team. Basically, it’s my job to keep clients happy!

Second question

This month you’re celebrating your five-year stint at Square in the Air, what has been your top 3 personal highlights?

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been incredible to see how much we’ve grown in that time. When I started, there was one person on the Design team and six on B2B - look at us now! Another highlight is attending a significant number of award shows where we’ve picked up some silverware – I’m borderline lucky charm levels now. Finally, although the result wasn’t as pleasing, is the Summer Social in 2018 after the World Cup, which saw me get away with enough ribs and wings to feed a small army…

Third question

You love all things rugby, both playing and watching - what player (past or present) do you wish you could play alongside given the opportunity?

I think I’d give Sonny Bill a good lesson in how to offload, but in truth I’m an absolute passenger nowadays. Watching Manu Tuilagi in his pre-injury prime tear apart teams from close quarters would be mega. Imagine being an England player when he dismantled the All-Blacks in the 2019 World Cup semi.

Fourth question

Recently you went to America and did a bit of a road trip, where did you go and what top tips would you give people thinking of doing something similar?

A friend and I had a bit of a whirlwind tour, packing in Nashville, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston in a two-week period. All of it was fantastic, and we managed to fit an awful lot in at every single stop. My tips would be to absolutely do a boozy river cruise in Nashville, pack comfy shoes for Washington, and avoid the L-train in Chicago at all costs pre 6am. Terrifying place.

Fifth question

Portsmouth FC season-ticket holder - why Portsmouth and what’s your greatest memory seen live at Fratton Park?

Portsmouth was thrust on me at four years old by my old man and the love has burned bright ever since. I never got a say, and I’m glad I didn’t. We’ve been rubbish for a lot longer than we were good in my lifetime, but despite being at Wembley to witness trophy wins multiple times, the one memory is AC Milan at home. Ronaldinho, Kaka, Seedorf, and Shevchenko against Arnold Mvuemba and Glen Little. Incredible. Still brings me chills.

Sixth question

You follow a lot of American sports - which are your favourites and how do they differ from English sports?

It actually changes a lot, weirdly. There is nothing I love more than settling in for NFL Redzone on a Sunday evening, but otherwise I’ve flitted between baseball, basketball, and college football a lot as ‘preferred viewing’. The big change from our sports is undoubtedly the rhythm and cadence of the games. Baseball and American football are a lot more stop-start, play by play, rather than the more free-flowing, end-to-end action we get in say, football. The exception is basketball, but all the timeouts can make that a tough watch!

Seventh question

You grew up in Hong Kong, what was that like and what’s your favourite local dish?

It was, in a word, remarkable. From Portsmouth to Hong Kong at 13 years old is a real culture shift, and I loved it. Skyscrapers, boat parties, and immersion into a society that we knew nothing about. It was an unforgettable experience, and one I’m forever grateful for.

As for the food, unbelievable, although I never took to chicken’s feet personally. Highlight would have to be super simple – Char Siu pork with rice and an iced milk tea, from Café de Coral. Easy, cheap, spectacular.

Final Question

Lastly, you’re often the office DJ – what’s the best song of all-time?

Tough one that, as my own personal music choice is extremely eclectic. For the office, cheese is an absolute must and nothing gets the people going like a bit of Natasha Bedingfield. That being said, the go-to karaoke song for a long time has been Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus, and I don’t think that’ll change anytime soon.

First question

Who are you and what is your role?

I’m Sam Goodall, and I’m a Senior Account Manager for the B2B team. Basically, it’s my job to keep clients happy!

Third question

You love all things rugby, both playing and watching - what player (past or present) do you wish you could play alongside given the opportunity?

I think I’d give Sonny Bill a good lesson in how to offload, but in truth I’m an absolute passenger nowadays. Watching Manu Tuilagi in his pre-injury prime tear apart teams from close quarters would be mega. Imagine being an England player when he dismantled the All-Blacks in the 2019 World Cup semi.

Fourth question

Recently you went to America and did a bit of a road trip, where did you go and what top tips would you give people thinking of doing something similar?

A friend and I had a bit of a whirlwind tour, packing in Nashville, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston in a two-week period. All of it was fantastic, and we managed to fit an awful lot in at every single stop. My tips would be to absolutely do a boozy river cruise in Nashville, pack comfy shoes for Washington, and avoid the L-train in Chicago at all costs pre 6am. Terrifying place.

Sixth question

You follow a lot of American sports - which are your favourites and how do they differ from English sports?

It actually changes a lot, weirdly. There is nothing I love more than settling in for NFL Redzone on a Sunday evening, but otherwise I’ve flitted between baseball, basketball, and college football a lot as ‘preferred viewing’. The big change from our sports is undoubtedly the rhythm and cadence of the games. Baseball and American football are a lot more stop-start, play by play, rather than the more free-flowing, end-to-end action we get in say, football. The exception is basketball, but all the timeouts can make that a tough watch!

Final Question

Lastly, you’re often the office DJ – what’s the best song of all-time?

Tough one that, as my own personal music choice is extremely eclectic. For the office, cheese is an absolute must and nothing gets the people going like a bit of Natasha Bedingfield. That being said, the go-to karaoke song for a long time has been Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus, and I don’t think that’ll change anytime soon.

Second question

This month you’re celebrating your five-year stint at Square in the Air, what has been your top 3 personal highlights?

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been incredible to see how much we’ve grown in that time. When I started, there was one person on the Design team and six on B2B - look at us now! Another highlight is attending a significant number of award shows where we’ve picked up some silverware – I’m borderline lucky charm levels now. Finally, although the result wasn’t as pleasing, is the Summer Social in 2018 after the World Cup, which saw me get away with enough ribs and wings to feed a small army…

Fifth question

Portsmouth FC season-ticket holder - why Portsmouth and what’s your greatest memory seen live at Fratton Park?

Portsmouth was thrust on me at four years old by my old man and the love has burned bright ever since. I never got a say, and I’m glad I didn’t. We’ve been rubbish for a lot longer than we were good in my lifetime, but despite being at Wembley to witness trophy wins multiple times, the one memory is AC Milan at home. Ronaldinho, Kaka, Seedorf, and Shevchenko against Arnold Mvuemba and Glen Little. Incredible. Still brings me chills.

Seventh question

You grew up in Hong Kong, what was that like and what’s your favourite local dish?

It was, in a word, remarkable. From Portsmouth to Hong Kong at 13 years old is a real culture shift, and I loved it. Skyscrapers, boat parties, and immersion into a society that we knew nothing about. It was an unforgettable experience, and one I’m forever grateful for.

As for the food, unbelievable, although I never took to chicken’s feet personally. Highlight would have to be super simple – Char Siu pork with rice and an iced milk tea, from Café de Coral. Easy, cheap, spectacular.

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