City Legend Speaks to The FOX

There is an exclusive interview with former City-striker Alan Young in The FOX Summer Special, which is in the shops now and will be for sale before the Sunderland friendly on Saturday…

FOX: Your home League debut you scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Watford, it could not have gone better… 

AY: It was a dream. I remember walking out onto the pitch and it was one of the few times I have been really nervous before a football match. I turned to Martin and said: “Look after me Martin.” Why, I don’t know.
The first goal I think Eddie Kelly had a shot and it was blocked and fell to me and I smashed it.
The second one was a throw in from Ian Wilson, defender came round me so I dragged it back, I didn’t normally dribble me, but I went into the penalty area, dropped the shoulder and the defender bought it so I had a bit of space, I mis-hit it with my left foot and Steve Sherwood dived out of the way. I think I ended up getting Goal of the Season for it! There can’t have been many good goals that season is all I can say.

FOX: You always had a good relationship with the fans at Leicester, how important is it to make a good early impression like that? 

AY: It’s crucial. But with the Leicester City fans I think they liked what they saw anyway, because I am a trier. I hated getting beat. I hated the referee giving them a throw-in when I knew it was outs. Little things like that. I used to argue and argue and argue with them and get booked over a throw-in. I used to get hammered by Jock who would tell me to shut up and leave the referee alone, but I just couldn’t help myself.
I would find myself at right-back helping out Tommy Williams or whoever and Jock would be shouting: “Get up the f***ing pitch and do your job there!”
But that was me, I was just so involved all the time. I think I was a decent organiser and leader on the pitch, and an example.
Jock came in the dressing rooms at half time once, I can’t remember the game but we were winning 2-0 and I think I’d scored one, but missed a few. We’d been atrocious.
Now sometimes Jock would come in  softly softly, other times it would be different. On this occasion he came in and absolutely hammered me. Nobody else. Just me and him face to face full treatment with spit coming at me and me eyeballing him back.
Then he just turned and walked into the physio room. 
Tommy Williams was the first one to come up and say: “That was a bit much man, I thought you were doing alright.” I saide: “F*** off Tommy, get your own job sorted out, I’ll sort mine out.”
Then Andy Peake came up and I said: “Andy you’re only a f***ing baby don’t try and tell me anything and that goes for the f***ing rest of you too.”
What Jock had done was get me to dish out the bollocking! He knew I could take it but he could get through to the rest of them through me. He did it a few times because he knew he couldn’t do it to say Andy Peake and get a better performance out of them.
One day he came in to do it again to me and I said: “Not that old one again Gaffer, they’re not going to listen this time.” and he laughed at that.

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