NOW the footie season has kicked off you can enjoy watching the sport’s pampered prima donnas.
But in our ‘Head The Balls’ feature, we’re reminding you of the violent nutters, randy rebels and peacocking playboys who over the years have graced the beautiful game with their presence.
Every week we’ll be looking at a different one of the sport’s most mental mavericks.
And this week it’s the man christened The Welsh George Best – Mickey Thomas.
Emerging from his prison stretch with little money or prospects, Thomas played nonleague football in Wales until he was 41 and now works as a pundit on the radio.
He also works the afterdinner speaking circuit, where his opening joke is: “Roy Keane was on 50 grand a week. So was I until the police found my printing machine.”
Speaking in 1996, Thomas said: “I love the game, but I just wanted to play on Saturday for a local team in North Wales where there was no pressure. I didn’t like the big-time.
“A lot of times in my career I just wanted to pack up. I just wanted to enjoy myself.”
HAIR TODAY: Mickey in his United days and playing in a recent Masters tournament