15 years ago today Stuart Pearce stuck David James upfront and it was predictably amazing.
It was a weird sight to see the giant goal keeper step on to the field at striker and try to gain favor for City and score.
What’s even crazier is James talking of the event-
“The YouTube highlights aren’t overly complimentary on my aerial ability, and even less so on my tackling ability,” - David James. “To be fair to the referee, had I been an outfield player I would’ve been sent off, just for an accumulation of fouls.”
Courtesy of “The Athletic”, (subscription required, and recommended) Sam Lee spoke to him and he said he would have practiced more had he known as shown in the tweet below.
Doriva remembers being clattered by David James, who says he would have at least done a bit of training the day before the match if he’d known he’d be asked to play up front https://t.co/r9q36Q3VLH pic.twitter.com/JMze1DbBIn— Sam Lee (@SamLee) May 15, 2020
The highlights of that day are so good, James just does not know for sure where to go. What a fun time. Pearce, ever angry, thought this was a good idea. He subbed off Claudio Reyna a midfielder and made James attack and attack. A bold strategy that did not pay off.
Big swing, big misses.
Still, enjoy the fun mess of David James, the striker.
15 years ago today Stuart Pearce stuck David James upfront and it was predictably amazing. pic.twitter.com/dihIw8VCD6— The Blizzard (@blzzrd) May 15, 2020