‘MY JOB TO TAME THE 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.”