04-12-08: What Is My Name?
From the list of clues below, can you guess what my name is?
- Born in the mid 1960’s I was a natural sportsman from an early age, being talented at many sports other than football.
- At 17 I was offered a lucrative contract to play football overseas but turned it down.
- In the same year I signed professional papers with a London-based first division club.
- Initially making a name in the youth team, I made a goal scoring first team debut two years later.
- I was hailed as the next big thing but in seven years at the club I only managed just under 70 games—although I did come away with a cup winners medal.
- My next move took me north to a team in Greater Manchester.
- I was top scorer in my first season at my new club.
- I saw more action there notching up over 200 games in six seasons.
- The third season at my new club was ruined by a serious knee injury.
- After six years it was time to hit the road again, this time heading further north.
- I have often referred to my third club as my spiritual home.
- I finished my career there but not before making 200+ appearances
- I made my international debut at the age of 20.
- I eventually played in two World Cups and one European Cup.
- In my professional career I have also played as a goalkeeper, saving a penalty in my first game between the sticks.
- I finished my career after 19 years and nearly 500 games with a strike rate of a goal every 2.3 games.
- After my professional playing career came to an end, I had a brief stint as manager of a championship side.
- Now in my forties I still play amateur football for my local club.
- I made several appearances as a pundit on Sky Sports and released a book in 2002.
- No longer a player or manager I am still a well-known figure in the football world.
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