The night that led to prison, and the end of booze
I’d been playing shit at Newcastle and struggling with injuries and I got dropped from the squad. All the pressure was doing my head in, so I went out that night in Liverpool and had a really good night. I went out with my cousins had a skin-full, spent a few hours in a club and then went off to grab a burger, the Golden Arches called to us.
They were trying to get a rise out of me… I wasn’t having any of it
There was a big group of young lads in McDonalds, (Everton fans funnily enough) they were all a bit pissed up and aggressive. They were all having a go and calling me a wanker, and generally trying to get the rise out of me. I wasn’t having any of it though. So we all left the McDonalds and walked off down the street. I was chatting on my phone and my cousins and everyone that I was with were about 100 yards back along the road arguing and shouting with these lads from the McDonalds. Anyways, our Nadine runs up to me and tells me that one of these lads kicked her in the shin. What with the booze and the fact that someone had just assaulted my cousin, I just blew my top – I smacked the first one of them that came near me.
He was 23 years old and worked on a building site and was as hard as nails
And this is where the press always gets it massively wrong. The guy that took the brunt of it (the guy you’ve probably seen me hitting on the You Tube video) was 23 years old (slightly younger than me) and worked on a building site – he was as hard as nails. But they always say that I attacked some defenceless 17 year old who wouldn’t say boo to a goose – it’s more of a story then isn’t it? The truth is this poor little teenager had threatened to stab me, so I just punched once him – I wanted him away from me.
They don’t report that someone threatened to stab me… or that one of them assaulted a woman
But that doesn’t make the news does it? It doesn’t fit their agenda. They don’t show the CCTV footage of them abusing us in McDonalds. Or of me trying to walk away from it all. Or of a group of 10 drunken lads following us for 10 minutes: verbally abusing and throwing things at us. Or that one of them assaulted a woman. They don’t report that someone threatened to stab me. They just cut the facts to fit their story. Publish and be damned!