One 2 Eleven with Nigel Spackman


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.

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.

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.


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!


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