Thursday 22 February 2018

Where are they now?

Team the United supremo fielded in first game recall teething problems

Chris Turner (goalkeeper)

He is out of work after ending his second spell as Hartlepool United manager. "He found it extremely tough at the start. He had to fight people at the club who were stuck in their ways a bit."

Mike Duxbury (right-back)

Now works for MUTV and United's corporate hospitality. "His attention to detail was second to none. Ron Atkinson was more interested in the first team, but Alex restructured the club from the kids upwards."

Arthur Albiston (left-back)

He is a PE teacher at Bolton Grammar School. "The club was not going anywhere before he arrived. I suspect it was the mentality of the players. We had a habit of playing well against big teams and losing to smaller ones, like Oxford."

Kevin Moran (centre-back)

Now a football agent working for John Grant Sports Agency. "You know you've got to impress the new manager, but none of us did that at Oxford. We played badly. It was probably an eye-opener for him and not a nice one."

Paul McGrath (centre-back)

Lives in Ireland and is launching a singing career. "Rightly or wrongly, I came to the immediate conclusion he didn't rate me. He substituted me after an hour and I was convinced he was trying to prove a point."

Clayton Blackmore (midfielder)

Now coaches the U-15 team at Old Trafford. "He was quite patient, even though it wasn't a good result. When he held his first meeting, I couldn't understand a word he was saying, but didn't have the bottle to tell him."

Graeme Hogg (midfielder)

A television engineer in Scotland. "He had the reputation of being strict and not suffering fools. We didn't know much about him, but we soon found out. I thought I started quite well, then he went and bought Steve Bruce."

Remi Moses (midfielder)

Occasionally coaches a basketball team in Warrington. "He was very professional, different than we'd had before, and that really suited me because I wasn't into drinking. He spotted certain things in my game that nobody else did."

Frank Stapleton (forward)

Now an after-dinner speaker and provides matchday hospitality at Old Trafford. "Alex felt we played okay, but lacked a bit of edge. I remember the media fuss, all the photographers gathered around the dugout."

Peter Davenport (forward)

Supply teacher at his son's school/ junior angling coach. "Before the game Alex went through the team and said: 'Up front, it's Frank and Nigel.' He'd got me mixed up with Nigel Davenport, the old actor from Howards' Way."

Peter Barnes (winger)

TV pundit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "The Oxford game was a rare start for me because of injuries. You could see he wanted to work with younger players. For one thing they were easier when it came to laying down the law." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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