Friday, August 29
The trials of Josh Payne
Interesting piece on the BBC website about Josh Payne, who played a couple of times for West Ham under Gianfranco Zola. After leaving West Ham he played for Doncaster, Oxford and Aldershot, but ended up spending six months in prison for ABH and assault after getting in a fight outside a Guildford nightclub. He now plays for Woking and appears to have learned from his mistakes, telling the BBC: "I knew I'd done wrong. I wasn't a man when I committed the crime - I thought I was, but I wasn't. I'm a lot stronger and wiser now… I appreciate football a million times more. I've made every mistake in the book. Of course I have regrets - I let a massive opportunity slip away." Click on the link to read.