By Pat Symes
Like many proficient footballers of the seventies and eighties, the tale advised through mythical Middlesbrough, Southampton and England winger David Armstrong comprises a few astonishing ups and downs; however the pace and ferocity of his own rollercoaster experience are absolutely specific. beginning out at Leeds, David resisted signing for Don Revie – later via Clough’s woodland and Manchester United. He performed a major 356 consecutive suits for Middlesbrough sooner than being pressured out after ten years. directly to Saints with Keegan, Ball and Channon – and extra close to misses within the league and cup. Armstrong’s promising England occupation was once unfortunately curtailed via a falling-out with Bobby Robson – and simply 4 years later he was once pressured to join up the dole. The break-up of his first marriage, his determined wish for an ankle amputation and bailiffs on the door lend David’s riches-to-rags tale of stardom and poverty a human allure a long way past soccer.
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Barnes, at the again of his ask yourself aim, performed each minute of the travel. Baffled and confused I headed domestic to England, my foreign profession over at 30. many years later and by means of now on Bournemouth’s books i used to be at Lilleshall trying to conquer a major ankle damage which was once to finish my taking part in days. i spotted Bobby Robson used to be in place of dwelling and made up our minds to confront him, whatever i'd have performed past i guess, to determine simply why he by no means picked me in my most sensible place or so sometimes. England by no means observed the simplest of me and that i desired to recognize what it used to be he had opposed to me or what kind of participant he suggestion i used to be. Did he see me as a lesser Bryan Robson? Or as a flying winger? He should have identified i used to be none of these and but my family list stood comparability with any. for my part, and that i realize it used to be shared through an expert humans in the video game, a meagre haul of uncompleted overseas appearances, a couple of squad decisions and that ludicrous journey of South the US used to be negative present for what I needed to provide. i needed a solution. whilst I stuck up with him I simply was hoping he wouldn’t preface his reaction by means of calling me stylish. Admittedly he didn’t do this yet he speedy disregarded my argument with no delivering any actual clue as to his pondering. ‘I gave you your probability and also you didn't take it,’ he stated. i encourage to vary. I don’t imagine he ever did. So there it used to be; 3 caps and a shagpile carpet later, England used to be unfulfilled historical past for me. 2 From England To The Dole 4 YEARS after taking part in for England i used to be at the dole. I hated the method of signing on. The embarrassment and the humiliation of being unemployed used to be regularly not easy to take yet I by no means had another. considering my soccer occupation was once ended through harm after a handful of video games at Bournemouth in 1988 i've been compelled to join up 3 or 4 instances, the avid gamers’ union, the PFA has helped pay my loan and the ex-players’ organization at Middlesbrough has contributed to at least one of the various operations i've been obliged to endure to therapy a crippling ankle challenge which has left me in part disabled. After I had final long gone directly to the dole in August 2011 i used to be so depressing I wrote down in huge black capital letters simply how I felt. those have been the phrases: HELPLESS, HOPELESS, valueless, lifeless, dissatisfied, EMBARRASSED, allow your self DOWN individually, permit other folks DOWN, damage, unhappy, nervous. i've got saved that little bit of paper as a reminder of simply how determined existence may perhaps develop into, how determined it turned as soon as the glamour of my lifestyles as a footballer was once dropped at an abrupt halt. One minute i used to be a celeb, the following simply one other ex-player fallen on difficult occasions, no longer the 1st to take action and never the final. lots of people are at the dole at present of austerity and that i can relate to them. I can’t faux issues were effortless on the grounds that i used to be pressured into untimely retirement, my means perpetually restricted through a seriously broken left ankle, the residue of this means that i would like the assisting hand of a £31. sixty two weekly commercial twist of fate check and the information that i will be able to by no means be concerned back in soccer, the one lifestyle i do know something approximately.