Even if you’re not old enough to remember Neil 'Razor' Ruddock during his playing career, chances are you will have heard one or two amusing anecdotes about the colourful former centre-back.
Ruddock, now 48, is famous for his spells at Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham. He also played for Millwall, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town before ending his playing career in 2003.
The retired defender was your typical old school footballer. He took no prisoners on the pitch and loved a drink off it.
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He was also no stranger to getting into scraps and on one occasion, during his time with West Ham, rumours of an off-field fight landed him in hot water with his manager at the time, Harry Redknapp.
Redknapp was alerted by reports that Ruddock had been involved in a fight with Mike Newell and punished the central defender by fining him two weeks’ wages.
Redknapp: What happened when I fined Ruddock
Needless to say, his boss’s decision didn’t go down well with Ruddock.
Redknapp explains what happened next in his new book ‘Harry: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager’ - which is currently being serialised by the Daily Mail.
“There were reports Neil Ruddock had been in a fight with Mike Newell at Gleneagles golf club. The issue was that he was supposed to be ill, or having treatment, and not playing golf before going out drinking.
“So I fined him a fortnight's wages. I thought that would be straight forward enough but he appealed and we all ended up having to go to an FA tribunal.
“Razor turned up with some Australian barrister, who looked like a film star and was the cleverest boy I've ever met. Within minutes, he had us tied up in knots.
“It was embarrassing. Razor won the case and the club was forced to reimburse him.
“Then the barrister turned to Dave Richards, who was chairman of the Premier League and on the FA's board and said: 'Thank you Mr Richards, I'm afraid I don't come cheap' and he handed over a bill for £30,000 to Dave Richards, who said: 'This is not a court of law, we don't cover costs.'
“Razor's face was a picture. He had to pay, and his barrister was charging him more than the fine, £30,000 instead of £20,000 fine. Unlucky, Razor.”
Ruddock was declared bankrupt in 2011...
It seems Ruddock, who was declared bankrupt back in 2011, never was the best when it came to financial matters.
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