By Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell
Within the autobiography of a Manchester urban and England Legend, the previous football mid-fielder opens up approximately his formative years and his lifestyles within the glory years. He singles out his maximum competitors, and compares the fashionable online game with the period he ruled.
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In goal for Wolves was Malcolm Finlayson, who'd appeared in European competition for them, and their regular centre-half, England international Bill Slater, was also in the side. Billy Bingham was playing for Everton, so the opposition was impressive. I was only 17 years old so it was quite a challenge but I must have impressed the people at Bury, because they couldn't wait to sign me. I'd really enjoyed myself during my brief time in Bury. On the final evening, before returning home to Hesleden, two of the club's directors came to the hotel to see my father and me.
I would kick the ball onto the slope of the roof, heading it against the wall when it came down. My dad would bring home blocks of wood from the colliery to make into sticks for the fire. I'd line them up in the yard and dribble around them. I often played alongside older boys in the school team and was also selected for Durham representative games. I was only 11 when I played for the East Durham Under-15s. As far as I was aware, my dad didn't come and watch me play during those schoolboy days, although my sister Eileen says that dad was there on many occasions - but he kept discreetly in the background.
It was very grand. We didn't see things like that where I lived. We didn't go very far inside after that, the whole thing being a bit of a culture shock. There were hundreds of lads at those trials, with seven or eight games taking place simultaneously. I remember afterwards, when all the parents and kids gathered together, the Arsenal manager, Billy Wright, got up and spoke. Just to see him standing there in front of us filled us with awe. This was Billy Wright! He told us he had selected a few lads and thanked everyone for trying so hard and travelling so far to take part in the trials.