TALKING about fulfilling every young boy’s dream!
Not only is Scott Arfield a professional footballer – he’s also been the lead singer in a band.
And while he’s currently focusing on football, Town’s new Scottish midfield signing is backing The Begbies to make their mark on the music scene.
Named after Robert Carlyle’s psychotic character Frances Begbie in the movie of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, the four-piece first had Arfield, signed from Falkirk, on vocals and brother Stuart on bass.
“The original band was formed by myself, my brother and a couple of mates from Livingston, the town where we all live,” explained the 21-year-old.
“We thought about a few names, then I was watching Trainspotting and saw Francis Begbie. That was it.”
Carlyle’s portrayal of the violent criminal ready to explode at any moment earned him rave reviews and won the character cult status among fans of the 1996 film, set in Edinburgh.
Arfield added: “We did all our own stuff apart from one cover, Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. I would describe the sound as a mixture of The View, The Clash and The Sex Pistols.”
Also a fan of Oasis, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Joy Division, Arfield continued: “I’ve always been a big music fan.
“I think most music fans imagine themselves playing in a band, and to start with, it was something we did to relax.
“But then the band started to take off, and it got to the stage where it would have been a bit too much for me to be involved in both that and football.
“I thought my feet were better than my voice, so I took a step back. My brother Stuart took the vocals slot and another guitarist was recruited.
“I think they’re a great band, they’ve got themselves a good name up in Scotland, and I’d love to see them make it on the wider scene.”
Scotland B and Under 21 international Arfield, who has agreed a three-year contract with Town after making 122 appearances for Falkirk, is also quick to sing the praises of Elvis.
That’s the nickname of Steven Pressley, the former Hearts and Rangers player who was his boss at Falkirk.
“I’d been playing in a few different positions under the previous manager, but Elvis stuck with me in the same role. That gave me belief and I have done a lot better under him as a result,” explained Arfield.
Falkirk’s relegation from the Scottish Premier League was a huge blow, but Arfield, who played Europa League football for them earlier in the season and figured in their 2009 Scottish Cup final defeat by Rangers at Hampden, said he might well have left Westfield even had they escaped the drop.
“I was under contract until 2013, but having come through the academy there, I think things had become a little bit stale,” he said.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved my time there, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them.
“But sometimes you just get to the stage where you need a move, and I think I’d reached it.
“Now I’m really looking forward to getting going at Huddersfield.
“It seems a great set-up and a good place to be, and I think the move will improve me both as a player and a person.
“It will be my first time away from home, but I’m ready for that challenge, and home is only four hours’ drive away.
“I’m looking forward to looking for a house down here.
“I plan to be fully settled by the time pre-season training starts, and that will allow me to focus 100% on the football.”
No fee has been disclosed, although sources in Scotland have suggested an initial £400,000 with add-ons.
“I first came down to meet Lee Clark and his management team last week, and I liked everything I saw and heard,” added Arfield.
“I found his ambition very, very impressive.
“He is desperate to move Town out of League I and believes I can help him do that, which really inspired me.
“This is a forward-thinking club who like to play football the right way.
“I believe that will suit my style of play and I can’t wait to get going.”
Clark, who is now being linked with Rochdale striker Chris Dagnall, said of Arfield: “Scott has been on our minds all season and is a player we have watched more than any other.
“We saw a very good young player when we went to watch him up in Scotland, and all the contacts we have up there rate him as one of the best young players around.
“He’s a box-to-box midfield player, very energetic, and one who can play all four positions across the middle.
“He’s a good passer of the ball, and that will suit us very well.”
Hamilton had a £100,000 bid rejected by Falkirk last August while the advances of Hibs, bossed by ex-Falkirk chief John Hughes, have reportedly been rebuffed twice.
“A lot of other clubs have been looking at him, so we’re delighted to have him on board and looking forward to working with him,” added Clark.