Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Luke Chadwick has opened up on receiving cruel taunts on his appearance when embarking on his pro career, The BBC show They Think It's All Over, featuring Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker, often poked fun at Chadwick, Luke Chadwick appeared just 39 times for United in all competitions before leaving to join West Ham, Luke Chadwick has been left wondering whether he should have complained to BBC at the time about the show, MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The squad looks short of confidence and some players will need a pick me up, and Chadwick spoke about Solskjaer during their time together as teammates: “Ole was hugely approachable, a top class human being. It was just one bad moment which topped a host of disappointing moments for Maguire and it looked like he was defeated in that moment, so everyone at Man United has a collective responsibility to lift him back up. Luke Chadwick former footballer from England Attacking Midfield last club: Soham Town Rangers * Nov 18, 1980 in Cambridge, England Luke Chadwick - Player profile | Transfermarkt For … Last modified on Mon 25 May 2020 17.26 BST, It says a lot about Luke Chadwick that he ended up feeling bad when he saw Nick Hancock apologising on BBC Breakfast for making fun of the former Manchester United winger’s looks on They Think It’s All Over all those years ago. He is happy to have played for Cambridge United, his boyhood club. “I was just so desperate to watch the episode and there not be any mention of me at all. He was not the type to tell anyone that the taunts about his looks were affecting him; not even Alex Ferguson knew one of his young players was hurting. Above all his integrity shines through. It’s been a tough few months for Harry Maguire, and you could almost see the exact moment where everything caught up with him after he was sent off for England last night. All rights reserved. I was scared of the thought something could be said.”, Chadwick insists abuse at games would not bother him. Then your heart sinks down to the bottom of your stomach.”. Critics will point to his mediocre record before taking the job and a lack of improvement in certain areas of the pitch, but it’s tough to figure out how much of that his his fault. Nick Hancock has spoken of his shame at mocking Luke Chadwick after the former Manchester United player revealed the psychological impact jokes directed at him caused. I’d rather people close to me were happy, even if it meant I was unhappy a little bit. After leaving United with a Premier League winners medal in his pocket, having played 16 league games in 2000/01, Chadwick spent one season at West Ham. Then your heart sinks down to the bottom of your stomach.”. Nick Hancock was the main host, with former Spurs and England star Gary Lineker and cricket legend David Gower as team captains. People would say he was ugly and that his teeth stuck out. Chadwick says he was often teased on BBC show They Think It's All Over, a British comedy panel show featuring the likes of Gary Lineker and Jonathan Ross. He was an absolute genius in terms of the way he treated everyone at the club. It was on a Friday night, when They Think It’s All Over came on BBC1, that he felt low. It wasn't just people taking the piss and you have some banter back. It was a hard situation to go and talk to someone about. It's nothing about developing players, it's just about kids having fun. The 39-year-old said: "When they started bringing it [my appearance] up, they were bringing me to the attention of millions of people. "It felt like that's all anyone was talking about.". The problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that he’s under an enormous amount of pressure with recent results and he needs to get a win against Newcastle on Saturday, so Chadwick admitted that this isn’t a good time to leave him out: “Coming off the back of the 6-1 defeat to Spurs means it’s not a great time to leave out your captain, he’s the best centre half at the club”. "It's more of having an understanding of how you are feeling. The reason behind United's success at the time was largely down to the leadership of Ferguson, who had a huge impact on Chadwick. “I was probably scared of what would have been said. A certain David Beckham occupied the right flank during much of Chadwick's time at Old Trafford. Speaking to The Athletic, Chadwick, who is now a coach at Cambridge United, revealed the torment he went through. But it is a relief to get things off your chest.”, I ask Chadwick what the phrase “man up” means to him. "It's the most important thing in the world, our mental health. “It looked so uncomfortable. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. But Chadwick, who was 18 when he made his debut for United in 1999, was unhappy. But there would be periods of time where I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”, Was he scared? He says he would have brushed his teammates aside if they had tried to help and he felt it was better not to talk to his parents or partner. Life should have been wonderful for Chadwick, who grew up in the small village of Barrington near Cambridge. This is a man on a journey of self-discovery. I think I have done that a lot more in recent times.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers. The important thing is I’m trying to use my experience. “It becomes a habit and it’s hard to break,” Chadwick says. It's matchday and a young Luke Chadwick steps off the team bus. When he was growing up Chadwick did not understand his feelings. "I soon stepped away from that side of things and joined FFF [Football Fun Factory]. He went to United for trials when he was 14 and moved to Manchester with his future wife when he was 16. Above all his integrity shines through. It's hard to come out and say something. "It was seen as light-hearted comedy but afterwards it seemed everybody thought about my appearance. Learn how your comment data is processed. "I'd get abuse on the football pitch and I'd accept that because it happens to everyone but it was off the pitch that affected me most.".
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