By John Burridge
John "Budgie" Burridge is a real journeyman professional and a hero to soccer enthusiasts up and down the rustic. In a distinct occupation 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 ecu great 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 may result in acrimony, even if, as he ended up in a dressing-room struggle with the executive. hugely revered as a goalkeeper, yet denounced through many as an "oddball" (he admitted that he frequently slept donning simply his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie was once recognized for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching exercises. He may additionally make some extent of happening a lap of honor to salute his club's enthusiasts 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 was once faraway from over while he ultimately retired in 1997, on the age of forty seven. He lapsed into melancholy and spent months within the Priory sanatorium as he struggled badly to deal with the void in his lifestyles. He turned 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 facts of part the crew 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 take in a training publish with the nationwide staff. He sustained severe accidents whilst he used to be knocked down via a automobile 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 attention-grabbing and humorous to at the present time, and during this tell-all autobiography he unearths the reality at the back of his surprising soccer occupation.
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Extra info for Budgie: The Autobiography of Goalkeeping Legend
However, the girl in question wasn’t too put off by my bungling attempts to be Casanova. I spent the next night with her too and, keeping well away from the cushions this time, I lost my virginity. I was starting to grow up, starting to become a man. At training during the week, I was told the manager wanted to see me. I went to his office and sat outside thinking he wanted to haul me over the coals about my night out clubbing, or something else I’d done that I couldn’t remember from my drunken Saturday night.
Drink didn’t interest him, only football. I used to enjoy that part of football, a couple of beers with the lads, but Budgie was Mr Dedication 24/7. Budgie would always be pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the box, to the extent that he would turn up at training wearing a big combat jacket, which had every pocket packed full with sand. It weighed a ton, but his vision was that if he wore the sand-filled jacket during training, when he took it off for games he would be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
So they stood behind the goal where Shilton was playing, with Janet shivering away in her glad rags. ’ But no, Budgie led her to the other end of the ground behind the goal Shilton would be defending in the second half. Amazingly, Janet still became his wife. He took great pride in his performances and hated it when someone got the number one slot before him. I remember once Jimmy Rimmer was picked ahead of him at Villa and Budgie found it really hard to take. We were practising corners at training one day and the manager Ron Saunders asked Budgie to play as an attacker – the worst thing you could possibly let him do in the circumstances – and he spent the next six or seven corners trying to smash poor Jimmy so he could get his place back.