One 2 Eleven

One 2 Eleven with Ossie Ardiles
Ex-Spurs Legend & World Cup Winner Spills the Beans with BOBBY

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Now THAT’S how you wear a ‘tache!

Osvaldo César Ardiles was born August 3rd 1952 in the  Córdoba Province of Argentina.

He began his career with Instituto de Córdoba and also played for Club Atlético Belgrano and Huracán before joining Tottenham in 1978 as a World Cup winner. He spent ten years as a cult hero with the north London club winning the FA Cup in 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1984. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in February 2008 along with team-mate Ricardo Villa.

He now runs his own football school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles Soccer School and is a pundit in Ireland for RTÉ Sport.

First Car: An Austin Princess… Paul Miller (ex Spurs centre-half and social skipper) told me it was a good price. Maxie had a bit of Arthur Daley in him!

Best Ground: Apart from White Hart Lane? I’d say Wembley and Old Trafford.

Worst Ground: There were quite a few when we played lower division teams in the FA Cup, like Hull in 1981.

Best Goal: The second goal in Escape to Victory! Also a curler for Spurs against Manchester United at Old Trafford (See link below).

Best Goal Seen: Glenn (Hoddle) against Watford and of course Ricky (Villa) in the 1981 Cup final. Then there was a volley by Glenn at home to Man Utd also in the cup.

Favourite Memorabilia: Er…My World Cup winners medal – They don’t come better than that!

Best Team Played For: Tottenham. Oh, and the Argentina side of 1978 was pretty good…

First Music Bought: Beatles when I was a kid in Argentina … I am not sure which one

Music Now: I often listen to the classics; I like Puccini… and of course I like Ossie’s Dream by Chas & Dave!

Best Friend In The Game: I still stay in touch with many, many of my old Tottenham pals, but especially Glenn, Ricky and Paul Miller.

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Ossie couldn’t wait to give his mate Ricky a lift in his new Austin Princess!

Boyhood Hero: Even as an Argentinian, Pele.

Best player Of My Era: Maradona.

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Hobbies: I like to play golf of course and chess.

Maradona or Messi: Messi.

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 Thanks Ossie!

One 2 Eleven with Mark Bright
Legend talks about his best goal, the FA Cup, Wrighty & Port Vale

mark_bright_ambassadorFormer striker and all-round top bloke Mark Bright was born on June 6 1962. He is 52.

He played for Port Vale, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Charlton Athletic.

He now does various TV radio and print media work. He is also an ambassador for ProstateCanceruk.org/

More importantly; he also pays the bar tab.

First Car: It was an AUSTIN 1100. I was an apprentice Hydraulics engineer working in a local factory near Burslem in the Potteries. My nickname was ‘Huggy’ the character from Starsky and Hutch (Yes I wore a cap like the main man). One of the guys was selling it for £200 so I bought it. Soon after I was out driving with a few mates but I couldn’t get it out of second gear – when I tried again a bit harder the gear stick came out in my hands! We all crapped ourselves but survived.

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Best ground: Has to be Wembley, both old and new. And just to remind people I scored the first goal at the new stadium in the first official match there when I played for a Geoff Thomas XI in a charity match. Graeme Le Saux gets the needle as no one ever mentions he set it up…

Worst Ground: I’d have to say Wimbledon’s Plough Lane. It was just awful more like a chicken shack or pig sty. Apart from the rubbish facilities they still tried to make it worse with all the
intimidation – they even hosed down the dressing rooms just before you arrived.

First Record bought/Last downloaded: It was called Footsie, not sure who it was by (for the record it was tba Willow, a 1974 Wigan Casino floor filler). It was a big Northern Soul hit in the Seventies. The Torch was a massive Northern Soul club in Stoke but I never got there cos I was always playing football. Most recently I downloaded Wretch 22.

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Best goal: Has to be Maradona’s dribble against England when the ball stuck to his feet like chewing gum. In England – so many memorable ones but the volley’s of Paolo di Canio and Tony Yeboah stick in the mind.

Best bit of memorabilia: I still have the original white label pressing of the FA Cup final song we made in 1990, ‘Glad All Over’. It is signed by all the players. A real treasure and of course its now the Palace anthem.

Best goal scored: Gary Linker had left Leicester for Everton in the summer and when the fixtures came out it was a swift return for him to Filbert Street. All the focus was on Links but I scored a beauty in the first half when I chipped Neville Southall which no one ever did. My old pal Inchy (Adrian Heath), who was on the bench, told me later that Everton manager Howard Kendall asked “Who the hell was that who’d just scored?”. When he said “Mark Bright” Kendall replied: “Mark Who?!? He’ll never do that again in his life”. In the second half I did it again with another beauty. Just saying Links!

Best team: I guess it has to be the Liverpool team that beat us early on in the 1989-90 season 9-0 – and it could have been more. We had just been promoted, it was the fifth game. They were the Manchester United of the time – Barnes, Beardsley, Hansen, Rush, Aldridge. They passed us to death. Who would have thought then that would be the last time they would lift the title…?

Team Supported as a boy: Port Vale. I was brought up in the Burslem (one of the six towns that form Stoke-on-Trent) and I could see the Port Vale ground, Vale Park, from our estate. Back then we were always out mainly playing football around the streets and recs (recreation ground). All I ever dreamed of was playing there just once. After playing non league for Leek Town, Vale manage John McGrath gave me that dream. I had one year to prove myself as a pro. I did well with Port Vale and moved on to Leicester.

Best Manager: Steve Coppell. He comes across as quiet and genial but had a very tough streak. He made me a much better player. He made me go away and read things about the game and so think about the game much more.

Wright or Zaha..?: As it stands Wrighty cos he’s been there and done it. But I’ve been on record as saying Zaha can be like Ronaldo. I do some coaching at Palace and I saw him come through the ranks and now he’s at Man Utd he has the chance to become a great player.

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Best Friend in the Game: Robbie Earle, the former Wimbledon midfielder. We grew up in the same area and played together at Port Vale. I introduced him to his wife and I’ve made sure they have stayed together. Robbie is now in the US working as a TV pundit.

Best world player: Maradona

Best British player: George Fryer. George Who? Let me tell you when I was a kid in the Seventies George was the local hero. He was grown up, a giant of a guy with big square shoulders. On Saturday he’d play in goal for Kidsgrove Athletic FC then centre forward for the Minors Estate Galley FC. I would carry his gloves for him. Sometimes when playing in goal he would puff on a fag, He was a legend in our area. To us he was King George!

What moment would I like to save to DVD ?
Geoff Thomas heading the winner in the FA Cup semi final when we beat Liverpool 4-3 at Villa Park. We had been given no chance especially as they had beaten us 9-0 earlier in the season. But we did them. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. I scored the first. It was so tense so dramatic goals going in at both ends, then Geoff scored towards the end of extra time. I can’t describe the utter elation.

Then the nerves as we hung on to the final whistle. I exploded with excitement and ran to the fans. The fantasy had been fulfilled! Back in the day playing in the FA Cup final was the dream beyond dreams. For us it was bigger than anything. Even playing for England. When we played street football one of the kids was revered cos he had actually gone to see a final at Wembley. Now I was there.

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Andy Gray ran up to me and shouted: “Brighty, we’re going to Wembley!”. We just hugged each other. How I’d love to freeze frame that moment.

We lost to Manchester United after a replay but I’m still very proud I played in an FA Cup final after all those years of day dreaming about it on the streets of Stoke.

Follow Mark on Twitter @Mark_Bright

Brighty is also an ambassador for prostatecanceruk.org/

 

 

One 2 Eleven with Ken Wagstaff
Hull City & Mansfield Town Legend on his Memorable Career

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The Greatest Ever Tiger in full flight!

Ken Wagstaff was born in 1942 in Nottinghamshire. He played his entire career with just two clubs; Mansfield Town and Hull City.

Fans of both clubs voted him their Player of the Century in 2000 – the only player to be named so by two different football league clubs.

During his four years at Mansfield Wagstaff netted 93 times in 181 appearances. He moved to Hull for a then club record £40,000 in 1964 and rattled in 197 goals in 434 appearances over 11 seasons.

He spent his post-playing days running pubs and clubs and has always been very active in charity work. Now fully retired, he lives in Hull near his family.

First Car:

Ford Capri 2ltr

Team Supported as a Boy:

Manchester United: “The Busby Babes”

Boyhood Hero:

Jack Nicklaus… and he still is my hero. I would absolutely love to meet him. I do have a signed cap from him to me, saying: “To Waggy, from the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus”

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Yeah! This is how it feels to be Ken Wagstaff’s hero!

Most Valued Memorabilia:

My Gold Watch presented by Mansfield Town F.C. to commemorate scoring 41 goals in season 1962 to 1963.

Best Team Played Against:

I’ve played against a few but I’d probably say Chelsea.

Best Opponent Faced:

Dave Mackay, a really good defender.

Worst Ground Played At:

Chester. I didn’t like the showers!

Best Player Ever Seen:

There have been a few, George Best, Charlie Cooke – but the best has got to be Bobby Moore.

Moment I’d Like Saved to DVD:

It would have to be putting 2 goals by Gordon Banks.

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Wagstaff scored twice in the last ten minutes, swinging on a Stamford Bridge goalpost in celebration of the first, to earn Hull a replay in ’66.

Best Goal Scored:

My 2nd goal scored in the FA Cup in 1966 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, making it a 2-2 draw.

Best Friend in the Game:

“Chillo”, Chris Chilton… and to this day he is still my best friend.

Boothferry Park or Field Mill?

By far Boothferry Park. It was voted the best ground for 5 years.

How Will England Do at the World Cup This Year?

Well it’s difficult to say, it depends on how they play in those conditions with the heat etc, but to be honest I don’t think they are good enough for this World Cup, but you never know they might surprise me… hopefully!

Watch Ken at his best as he puts two past Gordon Banks in a FA Cup tie from 1971:

One 2 Eleven with Hardeep Singh Kohli Writer and broadcaster on the highs and lows of following Arsenal

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Hardeep’s show at Edinburgh was a success (photo: Steve Ullathorne)

Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli was born in London but raised in Glasgow after his family moved there when he was aged four.

After tantalising the tastebuds of audiences across the UK with his culinary skills and anecdotes, Hardeep is about to embark on his debut comedy stand up show following a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in October.

On top of his many pieces in the national press, Hardeep is also a regular panellist on Channel 5’s hugely popular current affairs show The Wright Stuff and has been a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on Question Time and This Week with Andrew Neil.

Hardeep is an Arsenal fan.

Tell us about the first time you went to see the Arsenal play…
It was Highbury, 1998. It was the season of Berkamp. The season of the double. I’d been following them since I’d moved to London in ’92 and couldn’t believe I was actually at the stadium to watch them play. We beat Bolton 4-1 with Wrighty beating the club’s goal scoring record. Great days…

What players were your childhood heroes and why…?
Liam Brady was possibly the most cultured footballer of his generation. A European style player in a very English game. I loved Charlie George, an Islington lad playing for his club.

What’s your fondest memory as a fan….?
So many! Beating spurs is obviously amazing, as it was this season. But watching Michael Thomas score that second goal at Anfield in 1989 and secure us the league. Has there been a more dramatic conclusion to the league?

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Michael Thomas proves there was drama before Sky and the Premier League…

Looking back, the one player I really wished we’d signed was…
We’re talking about Arsenal, there’s a massive list! Recently despite my ambivalence about the man himself, I wish we’d signed Suarez. Much as he’s a bitey racist, he’s a phenomenal player. I also thought we should have signed Drogba when we had the chance.

What’s your greatest “I was there when…” moment..?
Beating Spurs this season was fairly amazing. It’s difficult to convey the emotion in the ground on those days.

Bergkamp or Wright…?
Bergkamp. Ian hasn’t been as supportive of the club as he might have been. I’ll never forgive him for encouraging Sean to sign for the Sheik and so become another lost player in the Man City project.

Which is your favourite ever Arsenal kit…?
I love the new Puma kit! But I’m an Adidas boy, born and bred, so the late 80’s kit…

Which team do you despise the most and why (apart from Spurs!)…?
Man United. Obviously. The Spuds haven’t really been a force to reckon with of late. United have become our new nemesis so this is a rather weird season.

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Mad Jens sees ‘rot’

What was your most crushing blow as a fan..?
Not winning anything for the best part of a decade and losing Cesc and RvP at their prime. But for a single incident I’d say mad Jens being sent-off in the Champions League final…

Have you met any players, past or present..?
Quite a few. Love Charlie George. Just a brilliant guy. Similarly big Frank McLintock was great to talk to. Interviewed the Ox and Carl J for the club which was an honour. Have worked with Martin Keown who is an absolute gent. And Lee Dixon is a lovely man.

But of them all Bob Wilson is my dearest friend. I’m an ambassador for his and Megs charity, Willow. As a former goalkeeper myself it means a lot to know him.

Do you have a favourite away ground…?
I don’t travel away for numerous dull reasons. My mate Lodgey keeps promising to take me…

Will Wilshere still be playing for Arsenal in 5 years time…?
Yes he will. We will be champions, we will have won the Champions League and we will be the most solvent club in works football.

Do you think Wenger is still the right man for the job…?
Who is out there to replace him?

Will the Gooners win something this season…?
Yes; Management Accounts of the Year.

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli’s tour ‘Hardeep Is Your Love’ kicks off this month.

 

One 2 Eleven with Chris Waddle
Read Our Exclusive Q&A with the Former England Legend

chris_waddleBOBBY caught up with England legend and, ahem, former pop sensation Chris Waddle and he answered the questions you wanted to ask…

Born: 14 December 1960 in Felling, Tyne & Wear.

Clubs:  Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk, Bradford, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Worksop and England (62 caps, 6 goals).

FIRST CAR:
Ford Capri Mark 1 G Reg: Hand painted too. It was meant to be electric blue but it ended up a mucky dirty blue…

TEAM SUPPORTED AS A BOY:
Sunderland. Heroes of the time were John Hughes, Vic Hallom, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson,Bobby Kerr; all the famous team who stunned Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

MOST VALUED MEMORABILIA: 
My first England shirt; the game was against the Republic of Ireland, we won 2-1. It was the match Gary Lineker scored his first England goal. Oh, and my framed gold disc of Diamond Lights, that classic single I sang with Glenn Hoddle.

FIRST RECORD BOUGHT/LAST MUSIC DOWNLOADED:
Band on the Run by Wings was my first record. I just updated my collection of The Jam. They are my all-time favourite band. I met the band once, when I was a teenager and I bunked off school and went down to their hotel when they were playing in Newcastle and they signed a few autographs for us. I’ve really wanted to meet Paul Weller ever since but haven’t. But a year or so ago I eventually met bass player Bruce Foxton after watching a gig of his spin off band from The Jam and had a proper conversation. To my disbelief he told me he was a Spurs fan and used to watch me at White Hart Lane all the time and he was fan of mine! If only I’d known at the time ….ThaJamCaption

BEST TEAM PLAYED AGAINST:
It would be the Yugoslavia team around 1991 just before war tore the country apart and a team that I am sure would have won the 1992 European Championships had they not been forced to pull out. Also the Columbia team of 1994 with Valderama. In a game against them we just couldn’t get near the ball, their only problem was that they were more interested in making a million passes than actually scoring!

BEST GOAL SCORED:
Well a lot of people will say it was the flick and back-heel goal I scored for Marseille against Paris St Germain. It’s had over 90,000 hits on You Tube. My free kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final was special but I think I’ll go for the goal I scored for Bradford against Everton when I chipped Neville Southall at Goodison from way out.

BEST GOAL SEEN: Maradona’s second against England in the 1986 World Cup finals and Marco Van Basten’s far post volley against Soviet Union in 1988 Euro final. It wasn’t just the technique that was breath-taking but the balls to go for it from that far out and that angle when he could have risked kicking the ball out of the stadium.

BEST STADIUM/WORST STADIUM: For sheer atmosphere it has to be the San Siro in Milan on a big match night. I recall playing for Marseille against AC Milan in a European Cup semi-final. It was packed. Suddenly the chants of “Me–EastFifeLan Me-Lan” reverberated around the stadium. The noise came down like a cloud onto the pitch. As opposing players it really shakes you. The legs go weak, the breath seems to be sucked out of you. To get a 1-1 draw there (Gullit scored for them, Papin for us) was amazing. But I was more nervous singing in the Top of the Pops studio!

Well the stadium in Tiranna was bad. Albania was a s—hole but East Fife in Scotland’s was worse. I was playing for Falkirk and after the game I couldn’t work out why the players weren’t all listening to the manager’s after match talk, they kept wandering off; until I went to have a shower and saw queues because there was only one shower!

BEST MANAGER: Terry Venables.

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The Wad is a big fan of The Hod…

HODDLE OR BALE…?
Phwor! That’s a tough one. Given that Hoddle was my hero as a young player when I was coming through at Newcastle then I would have to go with Glenn…just!

BEST FRIEND IN THE GAME: I keep in regular contact with John Sheridan whom I played with at Sheffield Wednesday and Gazza. Although I haven’t really spoken to Gazza of late. I have a lot of sympathy for Gazza but the time for hand outs and him relying on everyone else for help and rehab has to stop. The time has come for Gazza to realise there is only one person who can sort himself out properly and for good and that is Paul Gascoigne. It’s up to him now.

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 BEST WORLD PLAYER: Maradona; just immense.

 BEST BRITISH: My dad used to speak in revered terms about Rich Carter and Len Shackleton. In my day, as I say I was massive fan of Glenn Hoddle so I would have to go with him.

WHAT MOMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE TO DVD..?
Paul Gascoigne really didn’t like those furry animal mascots that you see everywhere now before a game, but they had only started to come in during the early 1990’s supposedly to give kids some pre-match entertainment. One WaddleGazzagame against Everton at Goodison when playing for Spurs he encouraged the mascot go to go in goal and face some penalties from him. But when the lad in the suit got between the sticks Gazza moved up to six yards out and smashed the ball into the mascot sending the poor lad in the silly suit reeling! The lad managed to get back onto his feet to face another. But Gazza did the same thing again. And again. It went on for about six times until the fella couldn’t get up. The fans behind the goal were in the stitches! The poor lad in the furry suit could well have needed stitches but fair play he kept going. That was Gazza all over….

 

Check out this tribute to Chris, set to ‘Diamond Lights’ naturally…

 

One 2 Eleven with Dr Robert: The 80’s legend on Chelsea, Charlie Cooke and how Stoke broke his heart

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The good Doctor

 

Blow Monkeys lead singer Dr Robert was born in Haddington, Scotland, in 1961. The group formed in 1981 and had their first big hit in 1986 with ‘Digging Your Scene’ which was followed a year later with ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’ which reached number 5 in the UK charts.

He has been recording great music, with the Blow Monkeys and as a solo artist, ever since. A comprehensive three disc box set, Halfway to Heaven: The Best of The Blow Monkeys & Dr Robert, covering the best of The Blow Monkeys plus Dr Robert’s solo work has recently been released on Sony Music.

Dr Robert supports Chelsea.

 

Tell us about the first time you went to see Chelsea play…

It was 1971 FA Cup 3rd round against Man City. 55,000 saw Colin Bell run rings around my heroes  – who had won the cup against Leeds gloriously the previous year…

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Cooke – The cut-price George Best!

What players were your childhood heroes and why…?

Charlie Cooke and Peter Osgood. Cooke was a Scottish wizard with quick feet and mind. A sort of cut-price George Best. Osgood was Kings Road cool with added sideburns. Big, brave and beautiful.

What’s your fondest memory as a fan..?

Chelsea beating the other-worldly Real Madrid in the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1971 – A hazey, distant black and white picture broadcasting my wildest dreams…

Looking back, the one player I really wished we’d signed was…

George Best. He looked great in the kit when he played testimonials there – and he suited the whole vibe of the place.

What’s your greatest “I was there when” moment..?

Well until I moved to London in the early 80’s I hardly went. I used to go and watch my local team Kings Lynn. I was there the day the great Frank Wignall came to be our new messiah player-manager. We lost, possibly to Wisbech!

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George Best in blue – with Peter Osgood and Alan Hudson at Osgood’s testimonial

 Zola or Drogba…?

Drogba. For the way it ended so perfectly.

What is your favourite kit the team ever wore…?

The classic cup winning kit of 1970. White socks. White stripe down the side of the shorts. Beautiful Royal Blue shirt. Peterborough United sometimes have a similar look but it’s not quite the same…

Which team do you despise the most and why…?

Well I don’t really despise any team…but traditionally we were against Leeds United. Never really warmed to Bury Town. Don’t know why…

What was your most crushing blow as a fan..?

Losing the 1972 League Cup Final to Stoke City. George Eastham scored the winner I think. It meant more than it should have to my 11 year old self.

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Stoke stun Chelsea to win the League Cup in ’72 – And break a wee Dr Robert’s heart

Have you met any players, past or present..?

Met Bobby Tambling once. Gentleman.

Do you have a favourite away ground…?

White Hart Lane. A happy hunting ground.

What’s more important to you; club or country..?

Country. Scotland. My wife supports Papua New Guinea.

What player would you most like the club to sign now…?

Andreas Iniesta.

After he retires, how do you think John Terry will be remembered…?

With a shudder, a nod and a salutation.

Do you think bringing Jose back was the right thing to do…?

Oh my God yes. He’s priceless. He somehow manages to make people think that football is important.

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They will prosper and fly.  I fully expect them to win the fair play award.

 

The Blow Monkeys latest album, Feels Like A New Morning, is out now on Cherry Red Records, accompanied by a second CD containing 10 Blow Monkeys songs performed by Dr. Robert.

 

One 2 Eleven with Nigel Spackman

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Spackers

Nigel James Spackman was born in Romsey in Hampshire in December 1960 and is 52.

He played for Bournemouth, Chelsea, Liverpool, QPR, Rangers, Chelsea again and Sheffield Utd.

He also had managerial stints at Sheffield United, Barnsley and Millwall.

Nigel is now a regular pundit on a number of foreign TV shows covering the Premier League and La Liga.

First Car: A Mini: Mini 1000 I don’t know how I got in or out of it! That’s when I was with Bournemouth, It cost about 400 quid! Next up was a 1275 GT Mini and I bought it off Dave Webb. [Webb was manager at the time and known in the game a bit of an Arthur Daley type! – Ed]

Best Ground: Anfield.

Worst Ground: That’s a tough one… Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park. It always seemed cold there for some reason and a bumpy pitch.

Best Goal Scored: The one I scored on my debut for Chelsea against Derby in 1983. I scored the first of the season. Kerry Dixon scored two and we got promoted that year. The most important goal I scored – the one that people remember me for – was Rangers against Celtic and my first Auld Firm game, New Year 1990 at Celtic Park.

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Eddie Niedzwiecki, Joe McLaughlin, Nigel, Kerry Dixon, Pat Nevin and player/coach John Hollins all signed for John Neal’s Chelsea in 1983 and swiftly won promotion

Boyhood hero: I loved George Best and was lucky enough to play with him at Bournemouth for nine games and then went on to work with Bestie on Soccer Saturday.

Best Manager: Man-manager would be Kenny Dalglish. Best coach-manager I’d say Glenn Hoddle.

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Nigel likes Rihanna, but he doesn’t know why…

Best Friend in the Game: I’ve had several really good mates in the game from Liverpool and Chelsea, Ian Rush is one.

Best Memorabilia: My medal from 1998 when I won the League title with Liverpool. The Simod Cup with Chelsea in 1986 would be second on the list!

First record bought: T- Rex [Spackers breaks into song] “Oh Girl I’m Just a Jeepster For Your Love”….It certainly wasn’t Gilbert O’Sullivan!

Most recent: I like a bit of Snow Patrol. I like a bit of Rihanna too…but I don’t know why!

Best Country visited: I’ve been lucky to visit some beautiful places….but the best? I’d have to say The Maldives.

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Red or White Wine: A nice Italian Amarone

Drogba or Dixon..?: [Chuckles ] Has to be a bit of Drogba… just a little bit better. Kerry will kill me for that!

 

One 2 Eleven with Tony Mortimer: Arsenal

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Tony Mortimer

Tony Mortimer was born in Stepney in October 1970. He dominated the charts in the 90’s as part of the boy band East 17, selling over 20 million records.

With smash hits like “House of Love”, “Let it Rain” and the classic “Stay” they blended R&B and rap with pop – they also had shaven heads and tattoos, making them way cooler than those nancy boys Take That.

Tony is now a successful record producer and he recently released his debut solo album.

He supports the Arsenal.

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“…and always wear unfathomably tight clothing.”

 

Who was your childhood hero and why…?

Random, but my childhood hero player was Kevin Keegan. He was a great footballer and the Green Cross Code man! Haha, legend…

Looking back, the one player I really wished we’d signed was…

We had a period of having the best players in the world so I’m satisfied, but I always wanted to see Shearer at Highbury.

Bergkamp or Wright…?

Bergkamp all day long!

Which team do you despise the most (apart from Spurs!)…?

I disliked Man United under Fergie because they were unstoppable due to two reasons: Alex himself and a huge cashflow that until recently had made English football very one sided. But that’s not their fault, just good branding.

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Two goals in the final 14 minutes from Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti broke Arsenal hearts in 2006

What was your most crushing blow as a fan..?

Probably the Champions League final loss to Barcelona.

Have you met any players, past or present..?

I have met David Seaman quite a few times and he once invited me to an auction he was having and I to met the whole team. A really lovely man and an Arsenal legend.

Do you have a favourite away ground…?

White Hart Lane. It’s the first place I went to see a football match in the 70’s when they played Liverpool and my friend was a Liverpool fan. I do like going there and the banter is always good.

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Tony would love to see Rooney in an Arsenal shirt

What player would you most like the club to sign now…?

I gave up wanting players because Arsene always signs unknowns who turn out to be great – but just to answer the question I would say Rooney because he plays with heart like he’s from a bygone era.

Will Wilshere still be playing for Arsenal is 5 years time…?

Yes, I think Wilshire will stay at Arsenal for most of his career – and he seems loyal which is rare these days.

Do you think Wenger is still the right man for the job…?

Wenger has always been the right man for the job. He has always done what he has wanted and signed who he wants and we respect that. We will always be above Spurs and therefore happy.

How will the Gooners do this season…?

I think this season we will possibly go third. The team is very strong and I’m more than happy with the squad. As with every season I look forward to the signings of a few randoms who turn out to be great. Man United and Spurs however will be less successful than last year.

 

Tony Mortimer and Julian Lennon release their single ‘Rain in England’ on FOD Records on September 23rd. Tony’s debut solo album entitled “Songs From The Suitcase” is out now.

 

One 2 Eleven with Mark Bright

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Former striker and all-round top bloke Mark Bright was born on June 6 1962. He is 51.

He played for Port Vale, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Charlton Athletic.

He now does various TV radio and print media work. He is also an ambassador for ProstateCanceruk.org/

More importantly; he also pays the bar tab.

First Car: It was an AUSTIN 1100. I was an apprentice Hydraulics engineer working in a local factory near Burslem in the Potteries. My nickname was ‘Huggy’ the character from Starsky and Hutch (Yes I wore a cap like the main man). One of the guys was selling it for £200 so I bought it. Soon after I was out driving with a few mates but I couldn’t get it out of second gear – when I tried again a bit harder the gear stick came out in my hands! We all crapped ourselves but survived.

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Zim Zimmer! Who got the keys to me….erm…Austin 1100

Best ground: Has to be Wembley, both old and new. And just to remind people I scored the first goal at the new stadium in the first official match there when I played for a Geoff Thomas XI in a charity match. Graeme Le Saux gets the needle as no one ever mentions he set it up…

Worst Ground: I’d have to say Wimbledon’s Plough Lane. It was just awful more like a chicken shack or pig sty. Apart from the rubbish facilities they still tried to make it worse with all the
intimidation – they even hosed down the dressing rooms just before you arrived.

First Record bought/Last downloaded: It was called Footsie, not sure who it was by (for the record it was tba Willow, a 1974 Wigan Casino floor filler). It was a big Northern Soul hit in the Seventies. The Torch was a massive Northern Soul club in Stoke but I never got there cos I was always playing football. Most recently I downloaded Wretch 22.

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It’s quite rare to see a record sleeve that’s as bad as the song itself…

Best goal: Has to be Maradona’s dribble against England when the ball stuck to his feet like chewing gum. In England – so many memorable ones but the volley’s of Paolo di Canio and Tony Yeboah stick in the mind.

Best bit of memorabilia: I still have the original white label pressing of the FA Cup final song we made in 1990, ‘Glad All Over’. It is signed by all the players. A real treasure and of course its now the Palace anthem.

Best goal scored: Gary Linker had left Leicester for Everton in the summer and when the fixtures came out it was a swift return for him to Filbert Street. All the focus was on Links but I scored a beauty in the first half when I chipped Neville Southall which no one ever did. My old pal Inchy (Adrian Heath), who was on the bench, told me later that Everton manager Howard Kendall asked “Who the hell was that who’d just scored?”. When he said “Mark Bright” Kendall replied: “Mark Who?!? He’ll never do that again in his life”. In the second half I did it again with another beauty. Just saying Links!

Best team: I guess it has to be the Liverpool team that beat us early on in the 1989-90 season 9-0 – and it could have been more. We had just been promoted, it was the fifth game. They were the Manchester United of the time – Barnes, Beardsley, Hansen, Rush, Aldridge. They passed us to death. Who would have thought then that would be the last time they would lift the title…?

Team Supported as a boy: Port Vale. I was brought up in the Burslem (one of the six towns that form Stoke-on-Trent) and I could see the Port Vale ground, Vale Park, from our estate. Back then we were always out mainly playing football around the streets and recs (recreation ground). All I ever dreamed of was playing there just once. After playing non league for Leek Town, Vale manage John McGrath gave me that dream. I had one year to prove myself as a pro. I did well with Port Vale and moved on to Leicester.

Best Manager: Steve Coppell. He comes across as quiet and genial but had a very tough streak. He made me a much better player. He made me go away and read things about the game and so think about the game much more.

Wright or Zaha..?: As it stands Wrighty cos he’s been there and done it. But I’ve been on record as saying Zaha can be like Ronaldo. I do some coaching at Palace and I saw him come through the ranks and now he’s at Man Utd he has the chance to become a great player.

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Wright and Bright went through a lot of clubs…

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Best Friend in the Game: Robbie Earle, the former Wimbledon midfielder. We grew up in the same area and played together at Port Vale. I introduced him to his wife and I’ve made sure they have stayed together. Robbie is now in the US working as a TV pundit.

Best world player: Maradona

Best British player: George Fryer. George Who? Let me tell you when I was a kid in the Seventies George was the local hero. He was grown up, a giant of a guy with big square shoulders. On Saturday he’d play in goal for Kidsgrove Athletic FC then centre forward for the Minors Estate Galley FC. I would carry his gloves for him. Sometimes when playing in goal he would puff on a fag, He was a legend in our area. To us he was King George!

What moment would I like to save to DVD ?
Geoff Thomas heading the winner in the FA Cup semi final when we beat Liverpool 4-3 at Villa Park. We had been given no chance especially as they had beaten us 9-0 earlier in the season. But we did them. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. I scored the first. It was so tense so dramatic goals going in at both ends, then Geoff scored towards the end of extra time. I can’t describe the utter elation.

Then the nerves as we hung on to the final whistle. I exploded with excitement and ran to the fans. The fantasy had been fulfilled! Back in the day playing in the FA Cup final was the dream beyond dreams. For us it was bigger than anything. Even playing for England. When we played street football one of the kids was revered cos he had actually gone to see a final at Wembley. Now I was there.

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Palace savour the moment at Villa Park

Andy Gray ran up to me and shouted: “Brighty, were going to Wembley!”. We just hugged each other. How I’d love to freeze frame that moment.

We lost to Man Utd after a replay but I’m still very proud I played in an FA Cup final after all those years of day dreaming about it on the streets of Stoke.

Follow Mark on Twitter @Mark_Bright

Brighty is also an ambassador for prostatecanceruk.org/

 

 

One 2 Eleven with Chris Waddle

We caught up with England legend and former pop sensation Chris Waddle and he answered the questions you wanted to ask.
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Born: 14 December 1960 in Felling, Tyne & Wear.

Clubs:  Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk, Bradford, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Worksop and England (62 caps, 6 goals).

Q. FIRST CAR:

Ford Capri Mark 1 G Reg: Hand painted too. It was meant to be electric blue but it ended up a mucky dirty blue.

Q. TEAM SUPPORTED AS A BOY:
Sunderland. Heroes of the time were John Hughes, Vic Hallom, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson,Bobby Kerr; all the famous team who stunned Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

Q. MOST VALUED MEMORABILIA: Hoddle+&+Waddle+-+Diamond+Lights+-+7-+RECORD-193805
My first England shirt; the game was against the Republic of Ireland, we won 2-1. It was the match Gary Lineker scored his first England goal. Oh, and my framed gold disc of Diamond Lights, that classic single I sang with Glenn Hoddle.

Q. FIRST RECORD BOUGHT/LAST MUSIC DOWNLOADED:
Band on the Run by Wings was my first record. I just updated my collection of The Jam. They are my all-time favourite band. I met the band once, when I was a teenager and I bunked off school and went down to their hotel when they were playing in Newcastle and they signed a few autographs for us. I’ve really wanted to meet Paul Weller ever since but haven’t. But a year or so ago I eventually met bass player Bruce Foxton after watching a gig of his spin off band from The Jam and had a proper conversation. To my disbelief he told me he was a Spurs fan and used to watch me at White Hart Lane all the time and he was fan of mine! If only I’d known at the time ….ThaJamCaption

Q. BEST TEAM PLAYED AGAINST:
It would be the Yugoslavia team around 1991 just before war tore the country apart and a team that I am sure would have won the 1992 European Championships had they not been forced to pull out. Also the Columbia team of 1994 with Valderama. In a game against them we just couldn’t get near the ball, their only problem was that they were more interested in making a million passes than actually scoring!

Q. BEST GOAL SCORED:
Well a lot of people will say it was the flick and back-heel goal I scored for Marseille against Paris St Germain. It’s had over 80,000 hits on You Tube. My free kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final was special but I think I’ll go for the goal I scored for Bradford against Everton when I chipped Neville Southall at Goodison from way out.

Q. BEST GOAL SEEN: Maradona’s second against England in the 1986 World Cup finals and Marco Van Basten’s far post volley against Soviet Union in 1988 Euro final. It wasn’t just the technique that was breath-taking but the balls to go for it from that far out and that angle when he could have risked kicking the ball out of the stadium.

Q. BEST STADIUM/WORST STADIUM: For sheer atmosphere it has to be the San Siro in Milan on a big match night. I recall playing for Marseille against AC Milan in a European Cup semi-final. It was packed. Suddenly the chants of “Me–Lan Me-Lan” reverberated around the stadium. The noise came down like a cloud onto the pitch. As opposing players it really shakes you. The legs go weak, the breath seems to be sucked out of you. To get a 1-1 draw there (Gullit scored for them, Papin for us) was amazing. But I was more nervous singing in the Top of the Pops studio!

EastFifeWell the stadium in Tiranna was bad. Albania was a s—hole but East Fife in Scotland’s was worse. I was playing for Falkirk and after the game I couldn’t work out why the players weren’t all listening to the manager’s after match talk, they kept wandering off; until I went to have a shower and saw queues because there was only one shower!

Q. BEST MANAGER: Terry Venables.

Q. HODDLE OR BALE…?
Phwor! That’s a tough one. Given that Hoddle was my hero as a young player when I was coming through at Newcastle then I would have to go with Glenn…just!

Q. BEST FRIEND IN THE GAME: I keep in regular contact with John Sheridan whom I played with at Sheffield Wednesday and Gazza. Although I haven’t really spoken to Gazza of late. I have a lot of sympathy for Gazza but the time for hand outs and him relying on everyone else for help and rehab has to stop. The time has come for Gazza to realise there is only one person who can sort himself out properly and for good and that is Paul Gascoigne. It’s up to him now.

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Chris with Gazza at Italia ’90

 

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 Q. BEST WORLD PLAYER: Maradona; just immense

 Q. BEST BRITISH: My dad used to speak in revered terms about Rich Carter and Len Shackleton. In my day, as I say I was massive fan of Glenn Hoddle so I would have to go with him.

Q. WHAT MOMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE T0 DVD?
Paul Gascoigne really didn’t like those furry animal mascots that you see everywhere now before a game, but they had only started to come in during the early 1990’s supposedly to give kids some pre-match entertainment. One game against Everton at Goodison when playing for Spurs he encouraged the mascot go to go in goal and face some penalties from him. But when the lad in the suit got between the sticks Gazza moved up to six yards out and smashed the ball into the mascot sending the poor lad in the silly suit reeling! The lad managed to get back onto his feet to face another. But Gazza did the same thing again. And again. It went on for about six times until the fella couldn’t get up. The fans behind the goal were in the stitches! The poor lad in the furry suit could well have needed stitches but fair play he kept going. That was Gazza all over….