Episode 887: The Player’s Chair with Damien Duff
There are very few players as popular and loved as Damien Duff in the history of Irish football.
He was a footballer so extravagantly gifted that he seemed to exist on a different plane to the rest of our players. Where so many pros had to sweat and strain for everything, Duffer’s natural ability seemed to make the game look easy.
The truth, as told to Richie in this latest episode of The Player’s Chair, was rather different. He was driven to succeed by the sort of innate self-confidence that doesn’t really need expressing, but his relentless work ethic was what got him to the top.
Here he discusses the initial culture-shock of the English football dressing-room, making it in that maelstrom, and being motivated by the tough times.
He and Richie also discuss the stupid things they did with their wages, the pocket-money from his Mam that he still lives off of, and why – after a life dedicated to one thing – he dreads a day off and the thought of never finding something to love the way he loved football.
It’s The Player’s Chair, Episode 5 – with Damien Duff.
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