Budgie: The Autobiography of Goalkeeping Legend by John Burridge
By John Burridge
John "Budgie" Burridge is a real journeyman seasoned and a hero to soccer enthusiasts up and down the rustic. In a special profession 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 could play opposed to Barcelona within the eu large Cup), Wolves, and in Scotland with Hibernian the place he was once a hero of their League Cup win of 1991. That chuffed sojourn to Edinburgh could result in acrimony, even though, as he ended up in a dressing-room struggle with the executive. hugely revered as a goalkeeper, yet denounced by way of many as an "oddball" (he admitted that he usually slept donning simply his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie used to be recognized for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching workouts. He could additionally make some extent of happening a lap of honor to salute his club's lovers 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 folks. The Burridge tale used to be faraway from over whilst he ultimately retired in 1997, on the age of forty seven. He lapsed into melancholy and spent months within the Priory health center as he struggled badly to deal with the void in his existence. He grew to become player-manager at non-league Blyth Spartans—only to later be convicted for dealing in counterfeit leisurewear. The prosecution case used to be considerably bolstered by means of the truth that there has been video proof of part the staff donning Burridge's sports clothing prior to an FA Cup fit. with his spouse of greater than 30 years, Budgie moved to Oman within the heart East to absorb a training publish with the nationwide crew. He sustained severe accidents whilst he was once knocked down through a vehicle in 1999, yet is again in good overall healthiness. he's nonetheless hired with the Oman FA, lives there, and acts as a television pundit and newspaper columnist in Singapore. Burridge continues to be interesting and humorous to today, and during this tell-all autobiography he unearths the reality at the back of his awesome soccer profession.
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My friends had all gathered behind the goal and I could hear them giving me stick and cheering on United – so much for getting behind their mate and encouraging him in the biggest game of his career so far. ’ But that was all I needed to spur me on – I was ready for battle, and there was no way I was going to embarrass myself with them watching my every move. When United got their first corner, Bobby Charlton looked me up and down and recognised me from outside the ground. ‘Didn’t I just sign an autograph for you?
The next to have a crack at signing me were Blackpool, but they got the same treatment from my old man. ’ I told her how much I wanted to be a footballer and that I didn’t want to play rugby or go down the pit. A few weeks later, it was the turn of my local club Workington Reds to try their luck. The manager Bobby Brown came to the house, and said he was aware that other clubs had been keen to sign me. He made a really strong case based on the benefits of signing for my local club, including being able to stay at home.
We would go into the village field and wait for the miners to come out of the pub. I was wearing clogs, not football boots, because we couldn’t afford them. It was ‘skins’ against shirts and we would play in all weather – people would take their shirts off even if it was snowing. I remember one game when my dad was in the opposite side to me. He was a good player and a good athlete. I saw him coming towards me, and there was no question of him going easy on me. SMASH, he battered right into me and scored.