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Ponytail’s Off

by | 14th, January 2004

‘CUT off your ponytail, shave your moustache; cut short that inane laugh – David Seaman, the man who signed his name “Safe Hands”, is hanging up his gloves.

The mid-life crisis is over

The former England (and increasingly error-prone Manchester City) goalkeeper has decided to call it a day after the recurrence of an old shoulder injury.

It was, old Safe Hands tells the Mail, a difficult decision and one he only took after consulting the people who mean most to him – those in the game whose views he respects and, of course, his family.

[That would, of course, be Safe Hands’ second family. He doesn’t discuss much with his first family after walking out on them almost a decade ago.]

And he will, says the Express, be replaced by David James, who will today complete a £1.75m move from West Ham.

Also on the move to Manchester, says the Mail, is Louis Saha after Manchester United agreed a fee of £9.8m with Fulham to bring to an end “the most acrimonious transfer saga of the season”.

And, while we’re on the subject of transfers, the Star reports that Chelsea are lining up a £25m bid for Juventus ace David Trezeguet, while the Sun claims the Blues have offered Joe Cole to Charlton in a straight swap for Scott Parker.

But it is the retirement of Spunky that dominates the sports pages this morning as journalists pay tribute to the 40-year-old and his celebrated sense of humour.

In the Sun, for instance, Shaun Custis recalls asking Seaman if he had a word for the press after an Arsenal training session in Valencia.

“Yeah,” he said. “Two.” Then, he gestured with his two fingers and chortled his way down the tunnel.

Or what about the time when Seaman and Sol Campbell were at Legoland unveiling a Lego Wembley (built, one imagines, five years past deadline and several times over budget).

“We stood in pouring rain for three hours waiting to talk about the title race,” Custis recalls. “No problem to Campbell who was eloquence itself.

“Seaman, whose Arsenal team were neck and neck at the top with Manchester United, turned up and announced: ‘I’m only talking about Lego.’ What a brick!”

What a brick, indeed.’

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