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Teddy Sheringham

From the Guardian today:

the is slightly different. Sheringham had the image of a flash Cockney off the field, yet on it he was a symbol of understated excellence. This goal is typical Sheringham, a mixture of economy, awareness and technique.

When Sheringham was at his best there was, as anyone with a passing memory of Euro 96 will attest, a soft, even sensual quality to his play. He couldn’t run as fast as anyone else, so he did everything in his own time. The faster the game got, the more tranquil he seemed. He played elite football with a resting heart rate.

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It’s no surprise that the most technical English footballer of modern times loved playing with him. “You should," said Gary Neville, “have heard Scholesy drool about him." Scholes would have loved to score a goal like this – one that, like most of the good things that are done with the outside of the foot, demonstrated the relaxed certainty of the superior footballer.Guardian today.

All true, same as another we signed from Spurs, Berbatov. I love players like this, whose intelligence negates any lack of speed, great to watch.

posted 2 days, 18 hours ago

from Andy Cole

It was early 1995, I had recently signed for Manchester United, and it was my England debut, against Uruguay. I was a sub. I came on for Sheringham (then at Spurs), after about 70 minutes. You'll need to understand what was in my head at that moment to get even close to comprehending my reaction to what happened next.

I was so nervous it was frightening. This was the culmination of a lifetime of ambition. You hear the cliché, "It means everything to play for my country". But trust me, it did. Not just for me, but for my family, my parents especially, who had endured all kinds of hardships to give us the chances we had. Becoming a pro had been incredible. Now the magnitude of playing for England was indescribable. The moment has arrived.

I walk on to the pitch, 60,000 or so watching. Sheringham is coming off. I expect a brief handshake, a "Good luck, Coley", something. I am ready to shake. He snubs me. He actively snubs me, for no reason I was ever aware of then or since. He walks off. I don't even know the bloke so he can't have any issue with me. We're fellow England players, it is my debut and he snubs me.

You know what my immediate thoughts were? "Jesus Christ! How many people just saw Teddy Sheringham do that to me?" I was embarrassed. I was confused. And there you have it. From that moment on, I knew Sheringham was not for me.

Two years later, in summer 1997, after Eric Cantona left United, Sheringham arrived. We played together for years. We scored a lot of goals. I never spoke a single word to him.

People wonder how on earth we could function like that. Gary Pallister once said to me: "I know you don't speak to Teddy and he doesn't speak to you, but at least you play well together." We did, and I wouldn't ever cast aspersions on Sheringham's talent as a top-rate footballer for his clubs and country. I've just loathed him personally for 15 years.

comment by RJC (U17308)

posted 2 days, 16 hours ago

Did they celebrate together when scoring? If not surely it would have been picked up on at the time?

posted 2 days, 16 hours ago

If players didn't like each other as the player being subbed off was raging and didn't shake hands with the player coming on, there would be barely any players who liked each other.

posted 2 days, 16 hours ago

Just watched the sub and Sheringham had just been fouled and was already raging. England were drawing with Uruguay and couldn't score so you can assume he was probably frustrated anyway.

You can actually see their hands touch so it wasnt like he went out of his way to avoid it.

Seems Cole had a complete overreaction and held the grudge for 15 years.


comment by Tomkins (U1116)

posted 2 days, 14 hours ago

Spurs, West Ham, man utd and Wall fans all seem to agree on his class. So the guy must have been something special

posted 1 day, 23 hours ago

Such a weird thing to not even speak to each other for 15 years over

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 1 day, 21 hours ago

comment by Mumbai Martial - Mountains are there to be climbed (U3867)
posted 1 hour, 39 minutes ago

Such a weird thing to not even speak to each other for 15 years over

Thats what I thought. As TOOR said, there was a slight slap of the hand from Teddy, albeit very brief. Maybe he should have wished Cole well, but he looked a bit narked off when he came off the pitch. Maybe it was at being subbed, perhaps that he had just been fouled or just at the way the game was going. Likely a combination of all 3. He might have been too distracted to register that it was Cole's debut.

That said, you would have thought at some point that Teddy would have realised that Cole didn't like him and asked him why/explained that he hadn't meant anything by it. I find it absolutely bizarre that they never ironed things out when the incident was something and nothing.

posted 1 day, 21 hours ago

Couldn’t they just shake hands and make up?

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 1 day, 21 hours ago

comment by Clockwork Red (U4892)
posted 6 minutes ago

Couldn’t they just shake hands and make up?

Evidently not.

comment by RJC (U17308)

posted 10 hours, 47 minutes ago

Didn't Sheringham ask his mate Neil Ruddock to sort Cole out which ended in 2 broken legs for Cole?

Hell of a challenge.

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