By John Burridge
John "Budgie" Burridge is a real journeyman seasoned and a hero to soccer enthusiasts up and down the rustic. In a different occupation spanning 30 years, Budgie performed 771 league video games for 29 groups, together with Crystal Palace and QPR (under Terry Venables at either clubs), Southampton (alongside a tender Alan Shearer), Manchester urban, Aston Villa (where he might play opposed to Barcelona within the eu large Cup), Wolves, and in Scotland with Hibernian the place he used to be a hero of their League Cup win of 1991. That satisfied sojourn to Edinburgh may result in acrimony, notwithstanding, as he ended up in a dressing-room struggle with the executive. hugely revered as a goalkeeper, yet denounced by means of many as an "oddball" (he admitted that he usually slept donning in simple terms his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie was once recognized for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching exercises. He could additionally make some degree of occurring a lap of honor to salute his club's fanatics on the finish of each online game, win lose or draw—a gesture that endeared him to legions of supporters as a guy of the folk. The Burridge tale was once faraway from over whilst he eventually retired in 1997, on the age of forty seven. He lapsed into melancholy and spent months within the Priory hospital as he struggled badly to deal with the void in his lifestyles. He turned player-manager at non-league Blyth Spartans—only to later be convicted for dealing in counterfeit leisurewear. The prosecution case was once considerably bolstered by way of the truth that there has been video proof of part the staff donning Burridge's sports clothing prior to an FA Cup fit. along with his spouse of greater than 30 years, Budgie moved to Oman within the center East to soak up a training put up with the nationwide workforce. He sustained critical accidents whilst he used to be knocked down by way of a automobile in 1999, yet is again in good health and wellbeing. he's nonetheless hired with the Oman FA, lives there, and acts as a television pundit and newspaper columnist in Singapore. Burridge remains to be attention-grabbing and humorous to this present day, and during this tell-all autobiography he finds the reality at the back of his striking soccer occupation.
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I couldn’t stand the thought of attracting any more flak for what I was wearing, especially not in a packed players’ lounge full of internationals. After about an hour, the team started coming back on to the bus from the players’ lounge. Bob Stokoe came over to me and congratulated me again on a great game, and asked for me for more of the same in the next game against Manchester United. But his face dropped when I told him: ‘I’m not playing. ’ He could see I was upset about something and when I pointed to Tommy Hutchison and Tony Green and told him they’d been taking the piss out of my suit, Stokoe went down the bus to have a quiet word with them.
But England gave me plenty of cracking memories, and so did Scotland. I played 771 league games in Britain and had 30 clubs. Now seems as good a time as any to reflect on it all. CHAPTER 2 ‘BUDGIE’ HATCHES ‘It was a hard upbringing. I was a man by the age of 12. ’ I would love to tell you that I had a warm and loving upbringing, but my life as a child was absolutely horrendous. I was born on 3 December, 1961, to my mum Greta and dad Jim in Concrete Terrace, Great Clifton – a small mining village near Workington, Cumbria, in the north west of England.
Even though I was by now playing for the first team, I was still expected to turn out for youth and reserve games, and on the day my dad died we were due to play a fixture against Bradford Park Avenue. I went to the house to get my stuff for the game, but when I got there I was told not to come in; my mum was in a right old state and her friends broke the news to me that my dad had dropped dead. Because I hadn’t turned up in time for the Bradford game, the manager was blazing mad with me, saying he was going to fine me.