By Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell
Within the autobiography of a Manchester urban and England Legend, the previous football mid-fielder opens up approximately his early life and his existence within the glory years. He singles out his maximum competitors, and compares the fashionable video game with the period he ruled.
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I was happy and had no desire to move on but more and more clubs were hoping to tempt me away from Bury. Harry Godwin was the chief scout at Manchester City at the time and he recommended me to their coach, Malcolm Allison, and manager, Joe Mercer. Blackpool were the other club who wanted to sign me. They were struggling in the First Division while City were doing well in the Second Division, looking a certainty for promotion. I've talked to Malcolm many times about those key moments in my life.
Terry kicked the ball into my face at one point and it left me with blood pouring from my nose onto my shirt. On came our trainer, former England international Johnny Wheeler, who used to be at Liverpool. I asked him for some cotton wool to stuff up my nose and he, in return, asked me if my nose was normally underneath my right eye! I didn't know what he meant until I saw my reflection in the glass window of the medical room, just up the tunnel. What a sight - I looked like Frankenstein on a bad night!
They were a tough audience to get laughs from. ' It's funny how other people see you, isn't it? I can certainly remember that in those days it was a real battle just to get a new pair of football boots. The club gave us a small budget to sort ourselves out and we'd get the best we could from the local shop. I was never really into girls at that time, all I was bothered about was training and playing, though John Bain used to take me along to the local dancehalls from time to time. We also used to play snooker regularly, above Burtons on the Rock, in Bury town centre.