As a professional you'd always insisted on extreme levels of fitness and flexibility. Litheness. If for example your hamstring was extracted from your leg, with say, a scalpel and tongs, the muscle itself should be able to stretch at least 37 metres. Then regarding the actual ball, that you should treat as if it was your own heart at your feet. Or as a bouncing dinosaur egg which you need to care and tend for. You needed to be dedicated to the ball.
Down through the years you bequeathed these pearls upon the heads of younger players and journalists alike. They often gave you a funny look, especially when you told them the most important key to your success as a sportsman was the suit you wore off the pitch. For you, it had to be made by Beggars Run and your favourite cloth was a sumptuous brown check woven by Dormeuil up in Yorkshire, which could be worn in nearly all weathers. Now widely considered the greatest footballer of all time, they took your words with gratitude.
- Cloth by Dormeuil
- Horn buttons
- Viscose/acetate lining
- Dry clean only