Focus On: Alan Birchenall

Shoot! shines its lamp of interrogation into the face of Alan Birchenall…

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Full Name: Alan John Birchenall.
Birthplace: East Ham (London).
Birthdate: August 22nd 1946.
Height: 6ft. Weight: 12st 7ib.
Previous Clubs: Sheffield United, Chelsea, Crystal Palace.
Married: Yes (Heather).
Children: One daughter (Laura).
Car: Fiat 132s
Favourite Players: Gunter Netzer (West Germany), Sandro Mazzola (Italy).
Favourite Other Team: Notts County.
Most Difficult Opponent: Anyone with a high work rate.
Most Memorable Match: Getting the only goal in West Germany for the under-23’s on tour.
Biggest Thrill: Moving to midfield.
Biggest Disappointment: Not moving to midfield years ago.
Best Country Visited: Anywhere but Iron Curtain countries.
Favourite Food: Toad in the Hole.
Miscellaneous Likes: Watching tv, peace and quiet.
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Ignorance.
Favourite TV Shows: Match of the Day, The Big Match.
Favourite Singers: Neil Diamond, Joe Cocker, Ann Murray.
Favourite Actors/Actresses: Donald Sutherland, Bryan Marshall, Claudia Cardinale.
Best Friend: I have many close friends.
Biggest Influence on Career: The thought of working under a bus with oil dripping over me (I was a mechanic before I became a professional footballer).
Biggest Drag in Soccer: Non-triers.
International Honours: 5 Under-23 caps.
Personal Ambition: To be highly successful in any business venture after my football career.
Professional Ambition: To win some domestic honour with Leicester City.
If You Weren’t a Footballer What Do You Think You Would Be?: An entertainer.
Which Person in the World Would You Most Like to Meet?: Hitler (if still alive) or Neil Diamond.

Youngers visitors to this blog might want to look up: West Germany, Iron Curtain, Claudia Cardinale and, possibly even Toad in the Hole…

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