THE title of this footballer’s biography is The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw, and it’s the tale of a man who put booze, drugs and women BEFORE his career.
His teammates say he could have been an England star, but instead, he set the old Fourth and Third divisions alight plying his trade for Reading FC and Cardiff City.
He spent just six years playing, retiring at 25, but his cult status is undoubted – both clubs voted him their all-time greatest player.
He’d spent 14 months in Feltham Borstal after being convicted of robbery, and was already a heavy drinker in his teens, but he had an uncanny ability to mix booze and football.
At his first club, Hayes, he once arrived 80 minutes after kick off, still drunk, yet scored the winner.
At Reading, Friday became a legend for his boozing, once dancing naked in a nightclub.
Eventually, his antics became too much. With drink, cannabis and LSD use his form tailed off and he was sold to Cardiff.
Despite playing well on the pitch things were not good off it, with frequent punch-ups.
During a match against Brighton he kicked Mark Lawrenson, now a
pundit, in the face and was red-carded.
Miffed, he later broke into the Brighton dressing room and CRAPPED in Lawro’s kitbag.
It effectively ended Friday’s career, and he quit one match later. He died of a heart attack in 1990, aged just 38. Insanely tragic.