Back in 2002 when Birmingham City were an upstart Premier League club, they gave plenty of the big teams a run for their money.
However, one of their ex-players sensationally revealed via Twitter that he certainly wasn’t best prepared for a clash against Manchester United.
Curtis Woodhouse posted a picture of himself being tackled by Man United legend David Beckham on Tuesday, then the former Birmingham City star revealed that in that game he had played while intoxicated.
Woodhouse has since deleted some of the Tweets, but the Birmingham Mail have chronicled exactly what he posted via the social media site.
“Great picture?? I was drunk during that game, Old Trafford, big game and I’m pissed, that’s what that pic reminds me of.”
Woodhouse continued: “I remember when I was 17 and on top of the football world, young and arrogant, 25 I was washed up, don’t forget to stay humble, appreciate it.
“I was in such a rut, hard to say why, I was just a mess, pissed all the time, I was crap at blues, had really lost my way. Boozing after games was never a problem, everybody did it in my day, when I was boozing before them that’s when the problems started.”
Woodhouse’s incredibly frank admissions will come as a huge shock to many, but is such behavior prevalent in the top-flight around the world today? Who knows.
The story of Curtis Woodhouse gets even more interesting, as after his $1.6 million transfer from Sheffield United to Birmingham in 2001, the ex England U21 international quit soccer at the age of 26 and switched to boxing. He’s now Britain’s light-welterweight champion and has reinvented himself as a boxer, which he also admits was his first love over soccer.
I find it hard to believe that these days any soccer player at the highest level can play well after having a few drinks and certainly being drunk. Even back in 2002 the pace and athleticism needed to play in the PL was phenomenal, now the fitness levels have increased further.
Kudos to Woodhouse for his honesty, but I think he’ll live to regret over-sharing on social media.