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By Kenny Sansom, Rita Wright

Robust, trustworthy and recognized for his skill to paintings in pinpoint crosses from the left, Kenny used to be a company fixture within the cup-winning Arsenal and England defences for many of the Eighties. He gained a record-breaking 86 foreign caps and featured in lots of of the main interesting England fits of the period. between many insights from previous team-mates and revered managers, Kenny unearths the reality approximately Maradona's arguable 'Hand of God' target. all through all of it, Kenny's optimistic angle by no means got here into query. He was once by no means booked, not to mention despatched off. yet off the pitch, the addictive part of his character threatened to spoil not just his profession yet his rock-solid relations existence too. enthusiasts have been saved at midnight through protecting supervisor George Graham, however it used to be the 2 ladies in Kenny's existence who stored him - his committed mom and the spouse he'd met in the course of his university days. Kenny has discovered the energy to struggle again from the edge and defeat the demons of drink and playing. For the 1st time, he unearths the tale of a guy on the top success, but dangerously just about wasting all of it. Kenny Sansom considers himself a fortunate guy. yet he additionally understands he's driven that good fortune, and is lucky to have survived. As a footballer he soared to nice heights - yet as a person he additionally sank to life-threatening lows. The enthusiasts within the Highbury terraces can have sung his identify yet no-one ever rather knew the complete fact in regards to the soccer icon.

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Now we have been dressing up and going out to celebrate whereas our youngsters have been taken care of by way of depended on kin and associates. yet, as I acknowledged, usually the ‘party’ was once at ours, so the youngsters have been tucked up less than our roof with us now not too distant. We did all shall we to supply a secure atmosphere and provides our kids a feeling of roots. Kenny Sansom and his kin have been, to all intents and reasons, just like the other kin who moved within the big name circle. Saturday evening, after a fit both at Highbury or away at someplace like Chelsea or West Ham, I’d be in a single nook of the nightclub chatting to Georgie top, whereas Elaine used to be around the room giggling away with one other footballer’s spouse or dancing with another Arsenal legend. That used to be our lifestyles. Sunday morning was once a lie-in to sleep off a heavy evening, by way of a standard lunch, both at domestic or out someplace – without or with the kids. We had these unending offerings. existence used to be stable. in recent years, whereas in rehab after which the times, weeks and months following all of the therapy and remedy, i've got had little selection yet to imagine extra deeply approximately our relations existence because the little ones have been starting to be up. I didn’t understand how they felt. i presumed i used to be the father they enjoyed unconditionally – simply because that’s how Elaine and that i enjoyed them. They alternated among being lovable and a ache within the bottom after they have been little, and now as teenagers they have been no assorted. Natalie began her circle of relatives whereas nonetheless in her adolescents, and by the point she used to be in her mid-twenties she had dual boys, one other son, and a darling daughter. She had (still has) her fingers complete, yet she’s a mum and that used to be her dream – a house with a very good guy and a brood of kids. good performed, Natalie. Katie additionally started motherhood early. uncertain of what she particularly sought after from lifestyles, she had a difficult time identifying no matter if to head forward with the being pregnant, yet finally, with assured aid from the baby’s father and either households, she went via with it, and her daughter, Ella, is a blessing to us all. Harry nonetheless lives at domestic. He has his struggles. we've got our struggles. Our father–son dating is fraught. The triangle that's Elaine, Harry and that i is complicated, yet now not precisely exceptional. It’s truly lovely common – no matter what general is. while i used to be consuming I simply bumbled via this hassle with my son. I’m unhappy approximately that now. It wasn’t reasonable on Harry – yet being inebriated throughout his kids intended i used to be in denial and ignorant of his wishes, and he was once transforming into progressively more burdened – and indignant. in the course of rehab we had a family members assembly. I wasn’t fearful approximately my little ones speaking approximately ‘what it’s like being the kid of a well-known footballer’. definitely they have been proud, weren’t they? sure, I have been ingesting and playing a ways too not easy, for much too lengthy, yet teenagers have been resilient – weren’t they? i used to be their dad. I enjoyed them – loved them. there has been no challenge. yet there has been. there has been an lousy challenge that had to be aired and addressed – now. Any denial approximately being an alcoholic must be confronted complete on – or… or what?

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