Steve Bull: Now famous for being Wolves best striker and believing Mohammed Ali to be dead.
On 8 February 2010 11:19, Parkes Jim - Sydney-MHA <jpar...@munichre.com>wrote: > *Steve Bull* > > The Wolves legend on why he never left Molineux, his favourite curry and > how he got fit in pre-season by mucking out pigs > > - *Buzz > up!*<http://uk.buzz.yahoo.com/buzz?publisherurn=the_guardian665&targetUrl=http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/feb/05/steve-bull-small-talk&summary=%3Cp%3EThe+Wolves+legend+on+why+he+never+left+Molineux%2C+his+favourite+curry+dishes+and+how+he+got+fit+in+pre-season+by+mucking+out+pigs%3C%2Fp%3E&headline=%09%09%09Steve%20Bull%20%7C%20Small%20Talk%20%7C%09%09%09%09Sport%20%7C%09%09%09%09guardian.co.uk%09> > - *Digg > it*<http://digg.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guardian.co.uk%2Fsport%2F2010%2Ffeb%2F05%2Fsteve-bull-small-talk&title=Steve+Bull+%7C+Small+Talk> > > > - *Barney Ronay* <http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/barneyronay> > - *guardian.co.uk* <http://www.guardian.co.uk/>, Friday 5 February 2010 > 00. > > *Hi Steve. You played for Wolverhampton > Wanderers<http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/wolves>for over 13 years and > scored more than 300 goals. Are you surprised that a > top division club didn't come in for you, given that you never reached the > top tier with Wolves?* No. I always say you never know what's round the > corner and I was very lucky with injuries. To play for 13 years without > injury was good enough. > > *But Steve, according to **your Wikipedia > page*<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bull> > *, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax, PSG, Internazionale, Manchester United, > Liverpool, Rangers, Lazio, Boca Juniors, Juventus and Genoa all tried to buy > you. Did no one tell you?* No. Actually I didn't know about all them. I > knew Torino and Newcastle, and Celtic and Coventry. But only those four. > > *Would you have fancied it though? Maybe just a season at Madrid, one at > Barcelona one at Inter, then back to the Championship with Wolves?* If I'd > been money-orientated maybe. But I just love the Black Country, love the > people, love the town, love the stadium. > > *You got your break playing non-league football for Tipton Town. At the > time you also had various part-time jobs. Which was the worst?* Mucking > the pigs out at my mate's farm to get me fit in pre-season. > > *That was fitness training?* Yeah, to build my upper body fitness. It was > a hard job. And a smelly one too. > > *Was there any point, maybe when you were mucking the pigs out, that you > leant on your shovel and thought you might not make it?* Yes. When I was > 17 I had a piece of bone taken out of my knee. This surgeon told me I > wouldn't make it as a professional footballer. I was back playing six weeks > later. > > *Small Talk hopes that surgeon is reading this now. In your face, surgeon! > You came on for Garth Crooks on your senior debut for West Brom. Did he give > you any advice and, if so, did it involve him talking and talking for ages? > * No he didn't. He was very quiet back then. He had a good partnership > with Imre Varadi up front and that was why I left West Brom. I just thought, > I'm not going to play here. It was a knockback. But I went on to Wolves and > gave it a go. > > *And now you have a stand named after you. Do you think Molineux has the > best statues?* Yeah they have. The Billy Wright one at the front is > superb. But they haven't got the best one yet. They haven't got one of me. > > *Are you annoyed there is no Bull statue, maybe a large bronze likeness?*No, > no, I'm just kidding. Anyway, you only get one when you're dead and I'm > not going anywhere just yet. > > *You scored 52 goals in the fourth division in the 1987-88 season. You > were playing for England a year later. Was that a shock?* It was > unbelievable. You're playing in the third division, everyone's telling you > you haven't got a first touch then the next minute you're playing for your > country It's not going to happen again, ever. Playing with the likes of > Lineker, Shilton, Waddle, Gascoigne, Beardsley. I thought: blimey, I've come > a long way here. > > *Were you surprised how good they were?* I was to be honest. Coming from > the lower leagues, you don't know where to run, you might not have the > touch, and when I blended in with them at training I really enjoyed it, I > was getting to the same tempo they were. > > *You scored against Scotland on debut after controlling the ball with your > back<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-DAGyVCNws&feature=PlayList&p=E67CD7806C422919&index=0&playnext=1>. > Was that a move you'd practised?* No it wasn't. I remember I jumped with > Alex McLeish, we tangled, it hit me on the shoulder and I just hit the ball > as hard as I could. Me being stupid I've started running towards the > Scottish fans. I've fallen to my knees and I've got Gascoigne and Bryan > Robson on top of me. I couldn't believe it. > > *The young Gazza. Was he as good as all that?* He was the best player I've > ever been on the pitch with. On his day he was absolutely superb. Great > touch, great vision. > > *You went to Italia 90. Was there a revolt before the Holland game?* No, > there wasn't. We were there for six weeks and I can't remember one argument. > Whatever Bobby Robson said we went out there and did it. We should have won > that World Cup. > > *Should Peter Shilton have saved Andy Brehme's free-kick?* I don't think > anybody could have saved that. > > *Maybe a man who could jump could have saved it?* Yeah, but it's one of > those things. Everybody picks up on one mistake but he made saves in other > games and you have to look at what he did for that team. > > *If you were holding a dream dinner party whom would you invite?* If he > was alive, Muhammad Ali [he is, but Small Talk graciously lets this one go]. > And maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger. > > *Two beefcakes then. How about some eye candy?* The wife has got to be > there, to be fair. And, er, probably Catherine Zeta Jones. > > *You had a long-running feud with Steve Walsh. How did it start?* We used > to just wind each other up a bit. He was centre-half at Leicester, I was at > Wolves, we were always going to be up against each other. We used to joke in > the tunnel about whose turn it was to get sent off. > > *Now you're friends. Is that right?* Oh yeah, we do golf days and > everything He's a top man. > > *Are you really friends or do you secretly resent him?* No no, he's a top > man, no grudges there, nothing at all, We'll have a beer together any day. > > *Honestly. The two of you. Who would win a fight?* I don't know. I think > it'd call it a draw. I think we'd be like two bull terriers going to the > end. Best to shake hands and walk away. > > *Who would win a fight between a ladybird and a moth?* That's a silly > question. They aren't going to fight. But I'd say the ladybird. It's got a > weight advantage. > > *Do you have a favourite newsreader? *Erm, I'd say probably Bob Warman > from Central TV. > > *If the world was ending would you like it to be him relaying the bad > news?* Probably yes. He's thorough and very good. > > *I'm making you the Archbishop of Canterbury for a day. Should > transsexuals be allowed to hold high ranking positions in the Church of > England?* Er. No. Full stop. > > *Now I'm making you England manager. Is John Terry the right man to > captain your team at the World Cup?* Yes. Whatever has happened in his > private life is private, and as long as he's doing it on the field let him > get on with it. > > *Now you're in a Wolverhampton Balti house You can have three dishes on > Small Talk. What are they going to be?* Tandoori chicken to start. Cheesy > naan bread. And a chicken and prawn balti. > > *What do you do with the heated towel at the end of the meal. Face or > hands?* I'd say wipe the face first, then the hands. > > *Steve, thanks a lot.* My pleasure Small Talk. > > *Steve Bull is an ambassador for Sportingbet.com, proud sponsors of > Wolves. To win VIP tickets to watch Wolves v Spurs in a box hosted by Bully, > click > **here*<http://www.sportingbet.com/t/promos/stevebull/wolves-meet-stevebull.aspx?WT.svl=rightNav> > > > > > > *Jim Parkes* > Client Manager > > General - Non-Life Technical > > Telephone +612 9272 8059 > Telefax: +612 9272 8002 > jpar...@munichre.com > > www.munichre.com > > [image: Munich RE] > ------------------------------ > > > > ------------------------------ > CAUTION: This message is intended only for the named addressee. It is > confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended > recipient, any disclosure, copying, or distribution is prohibited and may be > unlawful. 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