I firstly want to say thanks for all the support from everyone, your kind words have been a fantastic help to me. I feel safe and I’ve got stability back in my life.
I’m pleased to have this official website up and the reaction has been really good. I plan to do regular blogs like this, all true, from me. I will be discussing the Euros and England’s chances. I’ve got lots of good ideas about football in general and I look forward to sharing them with you.
As you know, I was in rehab, from October to late January and I was successfully sober for some time, before some slips. I had good days and some bad days, but I’m good now. I’m in a good place.
As you’ve probably read in the press, I proposed to my girlfriend Denise. It was a fantastic day. It was in Gibraltar. I was doing some work with Mark Wright, the ex-England, Liverpool and Southampton defender and his lovely wife Sue.
It was the day after the FA Cup Final (it’s a shame the result wasn’t different!) and we celebrated with a glass of champagne. It was on top of a beautiful cruise liner, which is now a hotel. We had a small celebration, with a few friends and it was a lovely day. P.S. She did say yes!
There were 20-25 people sunbathing and they all gave us a round of applause. They were very quiet and when I proposed, they gave a big cheer. I was nervous. Playing football was the easy side, proposing was a lot harder! Going down on one knee, it was difficult to get back up!
Little bits of work are coming in and I’m keen to do more. I’m not expecting it to come in at a million miles per hour, but keeping busy is important to my well-being and looking after myself.
I was fortunate to be a guest at a Q&A dinner at Crystal Palace featuring Andy Johnson and Neil Shipperley. Both spoke very well. I was asked for loads of photos and autographs. The compere was the comedian and Palace fan Barry Williams and he paid me a lovely compliment. “When he got his first cap, it fitted him nicely. And when he got his last one, it still fitted him nicely.”
I did a gentleman’s dinner in Sunderland, with the comedian Lester Crabtree. It was nice and relaxed. There was a mixture of Sunderland and Newcastle fans. There was a bit of disagreement, but only a bit! I got some great compliments. “Your story was very true and honest.” They enjoyed what I had to say and my stories.
Football was my life, people tell me that I was a natural. My skill now is entertaining people. All my football stories are true. I want to tell people my story. In my words, it’s the good the bad and the ugly. The good is quite long, the bad is not as long, the ugly is short and to the point!
If you’d like to work with me, please just get in touch. I’m keen to appear at all sorts of events and occasions. I’m happy to do things like photo signings, football club presentations including youth clubs, special occasions, dinners, power talks, golf days, all sorts. I can tell a joke every hole – as long as it’s a good shot! It’s just a bit of fun, a day’s entertainment and I love entertaining people.
I’m feeling good about life and positive for the future. I’m looking forward to a happy life.