Troy Deeney says he was HUNGOVER for the Walsall trial that propelled him into professional football in 2006… and he attended the session with his muddy boots in an Asda bag before having to borrow £20 to get home!
- Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney has opened up on his start to life in football
- He was given a trial at Walsall but forgot having been out drinking for three days
- Deeney took his muddy kit to Walsall in an Asda bag before impressing staff
Troy Deeney has opened up on how a few boozy nights out almost cost him the trial that kickstarted his career in professional football.
The 33-year-old, now at Birmingham City, was plying his trade as a builder back in 2006 when he was offered a trial with Walsall.
Deeney had been sacked from his job as a builder on a Friday and spent the next three days out drinking, forgetting about the trial he had agreed to.
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Troy Deeney shared the story of how he had a trial with Walsall (right) while he was hungover
‘On the Friday I got sacked, the job finished and I got my last pay packet,’ Deeney during an episode of Sky’s ‘A League of Their Own‘ show.
‘I gave my mum £50 to live there for a week and then went out and got absolutely rat-a**ed for three days straight.
‘In the midst of that I played football with my mates and someone said, “do you want to come and play for Walsall?”
‘Monday morning I am in bed nursing a hangover like we have all done and someone is banging the door. I lent out of the top window as you do, you’re not going to go downstairs and check who it is, and I said “what?”
Appearing on Sky’s ‘A League Of Their Own’ show, he opened up on a boozy few days prior
‘They said, “you’ve got that trial for that football team” so I put my boots in an Asda bag, dirty and caked in mud and this guy dropped me there and left me. I had to get £20 off him to get home because I couldn’t afford it.’
In the eyes of Deeney show host Romesh Ranganathan was ‘bringing out all the classics’ as the striker was also quizzed on his decision not to take a trial with Aston Villa seriously.
Deeney is a big Birmingham City fan but as a rising star he was approached by their bitter rivals over at Villa Park.
‘I wanted to be the class clown,’ Deeney said. ‘Go and play down the park or play for a Premier League football club… obviously I chose to go to the park.’
Asked how Villa took his decision to snub the trial for a kickabout in the park, Deeney added: ‘They went s**t. They never invited me back.’
Deeney kickstarted his pro career at Walsall before becoming a club legend with Watford
He is now playing for his boyhood team Birmingham City, who he joined during the summer
Deeney started out in the game with Chelmsley Town in the West Midlands while he was also working as a builder.
Walsall’s Head of Youth Mick Halsall spotted Deeney and invited him to trial before he secured a contract with the then League Two team and became a professional player.
In that game where Deeney was spotted by Halsall the Watford Observer previously detailed that he scored seven in an 11-4 win while he was believed to be drunk.
Deeney made 131 appearances for Walsall, netting 27 goals before he went on to join Watford in 2010 where he became a club legend, playing more than 350 games for the club.
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