Football legend Kevin Keegan has revealed he was once mistaken for a BEGGAR after a night of heavy drinking.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle forward recalled how he was catching up on some sleep – on a wall – when a stranger, assuming he was homeless, handed him some change.
He had just visited his newborn grandson when the case of mistaken identity happened.
The former England manager, 67, said: “Jack, my fourth grandchild, was in the new arrivals unit, and the previous night I had been out to wet the baby’s head with his father, John.
“I was feeling a touch delicate that morning. I hadn’t had a shave. I was tired.
“I was starting to feel drowsy when I became aware that a man had stopped in front of me.
“I had my head down, hunched into my collar, so all I saw at first were his shoes.
“But then he leant over and pressed something cold and hard into my hand. ‘Here you go, mate,’ he said in a friendly voice. ‘Go and get yourself a coffee.’
“It was a £1 coin, and when I did indeed buy myself a coffee later that morning, I was still chuckling.”
Keegan, who began his career at Scunthorpe and also played for clubs including Southampton and Hamburger SV, recalled the incident in his book, My Life In Football.