Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer might not be known for his intelligence, but he can certainly tell a good story.
In his own words, McAteer “wasn’t the brightest penny in the bucket”, while he also earned the nicknames ‘Trigger’ and ‘Dave’ after the characters from Only Fools and Horses.
We’ve looked back at seven brilliant stories involving Dave, featuring Roy Keane, Bono and even a Rolling Stone.
McAteer was John Barnes’ dutiful assistant at Tranmere Rovers – think Dave Dodds to England’s Mike Bassett – in a disastrous spell which lasted all of 11 league matches before the duo were sacked.
As ever, McAteer was keen to look out for his friend and convinced Barnes not to cycle out of the club with the press watching on. The only problem was how to get Barnes’ bike into McAteer’s car…
Razor Ruddock has plenty of stories to tell about his mate Dave, who yet again was just trying to look out for his friends on a holiday in Ibiza with his Liverpool team-mates.
McAteer did at least get his own back on Ruddock.
McAteer wrote his name in Republic of Ireland folklore with the famous winner against the Netherlands which helped the side qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
His heroics even earned an invite from Bono to come out on stage at a U2 gig. But McAteer had other ideas.
McAteer was once one of the few players to be brave enough to stand up to Keane on the pitch, but he still found the former Manchester United captain intimidating – even when they were playing on the same team.
After one trip abroad with the Republic of Ireland, McAteer returned for a night out with one of his heroes, snooker player Jimmy White, who just so happened to be with “the fella from The Rolling Stones, you know the one with all the lines on his face…Keith Moon”.
Another one from Razor to finish on, with a story about how McAteer almost landed himself in a spot of bother while defrosting his car.
Neil Ruddock with a story about Jason McAteer and a coat hanger… pic.twitter.com/ZrMExzgFbp
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