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).
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 ….
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–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!
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.
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.
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 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….
Check out this tribute to Chris, set to ‘Diamond Lights’ naturally…