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Used to work in a pub that the Leeds players frequented back in the 90s. Most were fine, decent guys. However, David Batty was a bellend.

One Sunday lunch he and his family were in. He and his missus were swearing constantly and very loudly. Other customers had their families in and I had a few complaints, other bar staff wouldn’t go and ask him to tone it down, so I had to.

Went over to ask him if he would moderate his language, he looked at me and said “do you know who I am?”

I replied with “yes I do mr Batty, it was great seeing you get hammered by spurs the other day!” He shut up and we never saw him in the pub again.
 
Linford Christie- arrogant c**t .He asked a colleague of mine "Do you know who i am"?, because we asked his friend to refrain from smoking within the store.
Gary MacAllister - Gentleman
Berbatov - Ignorant prick.
Modric - Horrible ratfaced dickhead.
Robbie Keane - Okish, but up his own arse.
Jame Redknapp - Top bloke, with a sense of humour
Billy Bonds - Gentleman
Gazza - lost little boy, but a good un.
Terry Naylor - Gentleman and all round good geezer.
David Roecastle - top bloke.
Fat Frankie lampard 100% lose record as Chelsea manager - the biggest c**t of a footballer i have ever met. An utter bell end.
Steve Perryman- Gentleman, one of your own.
Graham Roberts - Top bloke, who loves our club with a passion.

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Dave Mackay - Lovely witty bloke.
Prince Naseem - Arrogant prick.
Pat Jennings - Lovely man
Gerry Armstrong - Top bloke who never forgot his working class roots,no posh road " The Butts" in Turnford for him, the 100 acre estate in Hoddesdon was good enough.
 
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Mick Channon.
My primary school won the Double in my final year (1979)
Our games teacher (who was a fuckin Legend) knew Mick and managed to get him to present us with our Cups and medals at the local Locarno/Mecca.
As I was about to have my picture taken with him the photographers flash unit died and as a result I didn't get a picture taken, I was the last one to be pictured.
After about half an hour it was obvious that the camera wasn't going to play ball, I was devastated.
Despite having another PA to go to that evening he stuck around whilst my Dad went home to get his camera.
I got my picture with him in the end.
Met him again some 20 years later at Newmarket races, and guess what...



Yeah, that's right.
He didn't remember me.
:harrylol: :harrysmile:
Top Bloke though, we had a laugh about it.
 
No bad impressions from the few I've met, but I don't really go out of my way to speak to famous people. They don't owe me anything and they're just people at the end of the day.

Nacho Novo, ex rangers player - fantastic bloke had the time of day for everyone who wanted to speak to him (was at a q&a beer up type thing).
Kriss Akabusi - hilarious lovely fella, met him doing some work for the BBC years ago.
Lennox Lewis - quiet but easy to talk to, he used to often go into a shop my mum worked at in the early 2000's.

On just a famous person thing
Liam Gallagher - Spent hours on the piss with him randomly one night, great to chat football and music with. His mate was a bellend though, being all big time when Liam was chill as fuck.
Lucy Pinder - doesn't really count as I never spoke to her but was in the same pub as her a few weeks ago. Had floods of teenage memories hit me, still has a great... erm personality if you catch my drift.

Edit: Forgot Bendtner - used to work around where he lived. Thick as shit but no harm and always polite.
 
I've met a few ex Tottenham players over the years, all of them lovely blokes, particularly Micky Hazard who I first met outside the Haemorroids stadium before the FA Cup tie there in 2014 & treated me like a long lost brother with a big hug ! The exception was Gary Lineker ! Don't be fooled by his Mr Nice Guy image on TV, I just thought he was an arsehole
 

Guido 🇺🇦

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Met quite a few and played footy with a few and shared flats with some (mainly Gooners) when I was younger, so guess that doesn't count so much. Those that I've met in the street or at games all have been class.

But as bellends go they didn't come much bigger than Graham Roberts. I was playing for Enfield when he got appointed as Manager, never met someone so rude, arrogant and on top of that so utterly thick in all my life. Everybody hated him from the second he rocked up. He never turned up for training, pre-match and half time team talks consisted of nothing but shouting at everyone. He completely took the piss out of the club and imparticular those that worked there, many for nothing or on YTS. Absolute cunt, there was a party held when he left.

Never meet your heroes.

Saw van der Vaart on Saturday gave him a wave as he was going into the West Stand entrance and he came back out to shake my hand. Didn't expect that!
 

cretinousgoat

Destroy the scum!
Curious if any of you have met any footballers (or maybe even other sports stars?) who left a bad impression (i.e were arrogant, rude etc). I'd love to kick things off but the one or two players who I've been lucky enough to get an autograph from have been nothing but nice (Klinnsmann in particular was a top bloke).

EDIT: Spoke to Robert Earnshaw over the phone a few times when I was in property management (he had a few properties in Cardiff). He was an arrogant, rude prick. Didn't like him at all.
 
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Met a few over the years and have to be honest they were all pretty friendly, down to earth guys.Not met any Spurs players though.
Funniest incident had to be in a pub in Dundee early 90s, most of the younger Dundee United players were in, Duncan Ferguson was just starting to make a name for himself, Rangers had made a few bids. He’d had a few, he lurched over toward a group of posh sounding English students near me, holding bottles of Budweiser between each finger and said do you know who I am, they quite genuinely all looked puzzled and said no, he just grinned at them and lurched off..
 
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Linford Christie- arrogant c**t .He asked a colleague of mine "Do you know who i am"?, because we asked his friend to refrain from smoking within the store.
Gary MacAllister - Gentleman
Berbatov - Ignorant prick.
Modric - Horrible ratfaced dickhead.
Robbie Keane - Okish, but up his own arse.
Jame Redknapp - Top bloke, with a sense of humour
Billy Bonds - Gentleman
Gazza - lost little boy, but a good un.
Terry Naylor - Gentleman and all round good geezer.
Paul Roecastle - top bloke.
Fat Frankie lampard 100% lose record as Chelsea manager - the biggest c**t of a footballer i have ever met. An utter bell end.
Steve Perryman- Gentleman, one of your own.
Graham Roberts - Top bloke, who loves our club with a passion.

I will add to this

EDIT
Dave Mackay - Lovely witty bloke.
Prince Naseem - Arrogant prick.
Pat Jennings - Lovely man
Gerry Armstrong - Top bloke who never forgot his working class roots,no posh road " The Butts" in Turnford for him, the 100 acre estate in Hoddesdon was good enough.

Are you a taxi driver, a drug dealer or a pimp?

:pochsmirk:
 

Mrs Perryman

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Goes without saying - Stevie P is the most perfect human being God ever created.
Keith Burkinshaw is a prince amongst men.
Gary Mabbutt is a gentleman - a genuinely nice guy.
Met a lot of players in the past, especially in the 80s and 90s, and most were polite and happy to sign autographs and have their picture taken. Wasn't taken with Lineker or Sheringham, though, and Ian Walker was a bit of a wally. I got chatted up by Ian Hendon, but not sure he counts as a celebrity:)
Met John Gorman and Ian Moores in Malta many moons ago, and had a long chat with John, but Ian was not so forthcoming (may have just been shy).
Alvin Martin was a nice guy, shame he played for that lot, though.
One person I would love to meet and have a chat with - Martin Jol, he must have some stories to tell.
 
Used to work in a pub that the Leeds players frequented back in the 90s. Most were fine, decent guys. However, David Batty was a bellend.

One Sunday lunch he and his family were in. He and his missus were swearing constantly and very loudly. Other customers had their families in and I had a few complaints, other bar staff wouldn’t go and ask him to tone it down, so I had to.

Went over to ask him if he would moderate his language, he looked at me and said “do you know who I am?”

I replied with “yes I do mr Batty, it was great seeing you get hammered by spurs the other day!” He shut up and we never saw him in the pub again.

 

Johnboy40

Where's the Kaboom?
I once worked for a company that did a lot of Hewlett Packards PR in the UK. The year they first sponsored is(first year with pony kits too) I got a lot of kit ITK. Saw the HP contracts, so saw mock ups of the kits, that kind of thing.

Any way, I managed to blag myself a job helping out the HP bods on team photo day, so I met most of them.(the players) Mainly a bunch of cocks, although Mabbut was a decent man...spent plenty of time hanging around doing the autograph signing and so on.

The real bonus, and it was completely unexpected, was that Bill Nicholson was there. So I got to meet him and shake his hand.
 
Goes without saying - Stevie P is the most perfect human being God ever created.
Keith Burkinshaw is a prince amongst men.
Gary Mabbutt is a gentleman - a genuinely nice guy.
Met a lot of players in the past, especially in the 80s and 90s, and most were polite and happy to sign autographs and have their picture taken. Wasn't taken with Lineker or Sheringham, though, and Ian Walker was a bit of a wally. I got chatted up by Ian Hendon, but not sure he counts as a celebrity:)
Met John Gorman and Ian Moores in Malta many moons ago, and had a long chat with John, but Ian was not so forthcoming (may have just been shy).
Alvin Martin was a nice guy, shame he played for that lot, though.
One person I would love to meet and have a chat with - Martin Jol, he must have some stories to tell.

John Gorman is a great bloke, loves Spurs. Used to be my manager at youth level , my old man still chats to him occasionally.
Geoff Pike not a bad bloke.
Trevor brooking a gent, as is Billy Bonds.
Nick Barmby was an arrogant prick, as was Ian Walker and Scott houghton when I played against them at Youth Level
Tony Cottee absolute bellend

But the ultimate for me was Sir Bill, only ever saw him when he used to park in the school behind the Shelf, he would always say “hello lads”as we walked by in awe.
 

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As a Norwegian, I've met quite a few Norwegian footballers. Some who've played in the premiership. I can list up the following:
John Arne Riise (Liverpool): This guy seem to have no brain. Wanking on celebrity bars, thinking that people rate him because what he achieved.
John Carew (Aston Villa, apparently a good mate of Prince William): Wants to be an actor. Only looks after himself. Promoting Maltesian gamble corporations. Total wanker.
Henning Berg (Blackburn/Man United): A good football managing theoretical. Don't have very good interpersonal skills.
Øyvind Leonhardsen (Liverpool/Wimbledon/Aston Villa/Tottenham): Family man, decent bloke.
Morten Gamst Pedersen (ex Blackburn): Disappeared from the limelight. Seemed like a decent bloke when I met him out.
Stig Inge Bjørnebye (Liverpool/Blackburn): A guy who worked his ass off to become a professional footballer without talent. Decent guy.
Mats Møller Dæhlie (Cardiff). Was one of the players Solskjær picked up during his miserable time at the club. Lost most of his career to injuries, now plays for St. Pauli. Lovely guy who've been working to help coaching youngsters at my local club during his injury spells. Still a Norway international.
Jan Åge Fjørtoft (Swindon/Middlesbrough/Barnsley): Twitter-wanker and Media-cunt. Always looking for an opening to promote himself and his network-building career ladder. Wanks over Klopp and Liverpool every time he gets his chance.
 

SausageVince

end of an era
My old man broke his back in the early 80s. Spent around 4 months in a spinal unit near Salisbury.

Jimmy Saville came to visit a few months in. Did the rounds around the different wards. The cigar muncher walked into my Dad’s ward that was clearly signed ‘spinal unit’ and shouted ‘Don’t bother standing up you lazy fuckers!’ then went round the beds handing cigars out and lighting them up. Spent an hour talking about random stuff, trying to make them laugh and take their minds off of things.

Dad said that his agent/assistant or whoever he was kept trying to move him onto the next ward - Saville kept sticking his fingers up at him and told him to pipe down. A lot of the lads in the room would never walk again and had just come off the back of serious accidents, most of them motorbike accidents. Amongst all the sadness and pain a bit of dark humour lit them all up for a bit.

Just goes to show. Even the most evil cunts in this world can have good in them.
What the fuck - did someone just post a pro-Savile story?! For to love TFC
 
Met Ronald De Boer on a flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio during the World Cup in 2014.

Absolutely lovely guy, happy to have a chat. It was around the time that his brother was linked to the Spurs job and I told him to pass on the message that we'd love to have him, 24 hours later there was a new story where Frank came out and said there had been no contact.

None with a bad impression, but other sportsmen have left a bad taste in my mouth. Dennis Lillee for example is a right prick.
 
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