Sunday Mirror

‘MY JOB TO TAME THE BULL’

- BY MATT BOZEAT Sports · Soccer · Leicester · Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. · Leicester City F.C. · Derby County F.C. · Jamie Vardy · Steve Walsh · Steve Walsh · Steve Bull

LEICESTER leg­end Steve Walsh says that ev­ery time he washes his hair, he re­mem­bers Steve Bull.

Wolves meet Leicester next Sun­day, and three decades ago, the Mid­lands derby was a fix­ture with a sub­plot.

Who would get sent off? Walsh or Bull? The duel be­tween the hard men pro­duced two red cards — one to each — and left a mark on Walsh.

“He was a real hand­ful,” he re­mem­bered

“We knew that he needed slow­ing down and I sup­pose I was the man to do it.

“I came from the Third Di­vi­sion and knew more about cer­tain tac­tics than other play­ers in the side.

“The game has changed a bit since then, but it was part and par­cel of what went on at the time.

“I would use any tac­tic to win the game for my team, but it did go a bit too far at times. I’ve still got the teeth marks in my head from where I butted him and I can feel them when I wash my hair.

“But cer­tain play­ers wind you up and Bull had that ef­fect ct on me. At the start of one game I re­mem­ber him say­ing to me: ‘Let’s have a good tus­sle to­day’ — and then the kick­ing started.”

Foxes fans voted Walsh the club’s great­est-ever player in recog­ni­tion of his hon­est and loyal ser­vice to the team at both ends of the pitch through­out 14 years with the club.

High­lights in­cluded scor­ing the goals that took Leicester into the Premier League in 1994 with vic­tory over Derby — when he was only 50 per cent fit.

“[Boss] Brian Lit­tle asked me how fit I was,” re­mem­bered Walsh, “and I told him: ‘About 70 per cent.’

“It was more like 50 per cent, but I re­ally didn’t want to miss out on play­ing.”

Walsh (above) dis­agrees he is Leicester’s best-ever player, say­ing that ti­tle is Jamie Vardy’s.

Walsh said: “You can def­i­nitely see them build­ing a statue of Jamie Vardy.

“Fans are talk­ing about it and I think it’s a good idea. He has to be the club’s best ever player.

“Look at ev­ery­thing he’s done. He scored in 11 con­sec­u­tive Premier League games, won the Premier League and the Golden Boot – and he’s been loyal as well.”

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TOUGH GUY Wolves leg­end Steve Bull

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