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Parties, presents & panto: A guide to a footballers Christmas

Parties, presents & panto: A guide to a footballers Christmas
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From Scooby Doo and Snow White to fancy http://www.officialauthenticsteelersshop.com/STEELERS-JACK-LAMBERT-JERSEY dress mix-ups, hospital visits and deserted hotels. Robbie Savage gives BBC Sport his guide to a footballer's Christmas. In the middle of Manchester, during the early hours of a cold December night in 2005, I am one of the most hated footballers in the Premier League, and I am dressed as Scooby Doo. I am trying to get into a nightclub with my Blackburn Rovers team-mate Paul Dickov, who is in a Yoda costume. Looking back, it sounds ridiculous. As a professional footballer, I never drank heavily and would usually be in bed by 10pm. On a normal night out, I would never have dreamed of doing anything as daft as that. But it is just one example of what can happen at a players' Christmas party. Common sense goes out of the window, and you think you are invisible despite being in a big group of lads, some of whom are well-known faces. Disguised as a giant cartoon dog, I thought nobody would know who I was, but sadly the photos of me as Scooby in several newspapers proved otherwise. Fancy dress and team bonding When they went well, those parties were brilliant fun. Quite often, fancy dress was part of the plan and, even if it wasn't, I would improvise. One year, while I was playing for Leicester, I went as my then team-mate Neil Lennon and walked around Nottingham all night in a full Foxes kit and a bright red wig. I got some strange looks. Then there was the time there was Jason Worilds Womens Jersey a 1970s theme. Sadly, Darren Eadie and I got the wrong end of the stick - everyone else was in flares and flowery shirts but we came as Batman and Robin. We were thinking of the old TV series starring Adam West but even then we could only get the modern-day costumes. We ended up looking like a right pair of idiots. Bust-ups and bad behaviour Of course, these parties do not always end up being a great laugh. It seems as if every year there are stories in the papers about a club whose night out has gone wrong for whatever reason. I experienced that side of things myself in my final season with Leicester in 2001, when Dennis Wise and I had an infamous altercation over a Secret Santa present that he had given me. Those kind of incidents are almost inevitable really. There are 25 or 30 of you in the squad and not everybody gets on, the same as in every work place. So throw in a few drinks and it can easily spill over. You might think it is crazy that top clubs still let them happen, given the negative publicity that drunken misbehaviour, or worse, can generate. The reason they still go on is that they are great for team bonding - a pre-season tour is probably the only other time you see all your team-mates to have a drink together and can let your hair down a bit. Even if you do end up having a fall-out, it can http://www.officialauthenticsteelersshop.com/STEELERS-JEROME-BETTIS-JERSEY be a positive thing because it clears the air - massively in the case of me and Wisey. We sorted out our differences and are mates now.

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