Steve Bruce - United captain, United legend
Sam Homewood, Helen Evans and David May visit a golf club this week for a chat with United legend Steve Bruce. Steve has had a wonderful career in football, as a player and manager, and offers a fascinating reflection on it all during the latest UTD Podcast.
The former Manchester United captain begins with his upbringing in the north-east and his early days at the famed Wallsend Boys Club. Starting his professional career with Gillingham, the defender reveals a funny story about reversing the charges to call his future wife, while down in Kent, and how the police turned up at the phone-box, prompting fears his time in the game could come to an end before it had really got going. Thankfully, it was soon smoothed over and he impressed sufficiently with the Gills to earn a move to Norwich City, even if he recalls a horror debut against Liverpool. Once United registered an interest in his services, there was only going to be one place for him to continue his progress.
Not only did he star for the Reds as the team won our first title for 26 years but he became club captain, all on the back of an impromptu house visit by Sir Alex Ferguson! Brucey offers insight into his incredible partnership with Gary Pallister, and scolds his fellow centre-back for leaking a secret about him from their time rooming together. He also explains why Eric Cantona was a “bit bonkers” and details the Frenchman’s favourite tipple at the pub.
Of course, younger fans will view Steve as a manager, first and foremost, as he has a wealth of experience in this field, taking charge of 12 different clubs. He answers a question about how he chose the jobs, as he has bossed some big city rivals, and opens up about the difficulties and pressures faced in the hot seat.
A man with many great stories to tell, Steve Bruce is certain to keep you entertained throughout the episode.
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