....and it’s important to remember his background. I don’t mean to be unkind when I say it’s a true rags to riches story, a truly modern day version of the Beverley Hillbillies.I'll never forget seeing him in Duncan's testimonial, come on and embarrass 90% of the team by just being so far head and shoulders above everyone in terms of quality and brain. This over 10 years after I watched him make a show of Radebe at Elland Road. Incredible player that kid.
I remember walking out of Bellefield behind his parents and brothers after watching Wayne play, no car for them to get in they trudged off in the direction of Croxteth. I remember watching his brother, Graham, playing on the AstroTurf at Walton Hall Park when all the other kids had fancy dimple studded boots on and he had flimsy school pumps but was still easily the best player on the pitch.
The greatest thing that every happened to him off the pitch is Coleen, who has provided at least some stability. There have been lapses and incidents but Coleen is a key influence. Wayne has grown from a kid with very little to a man with everything. He’s not academically clever, but he’s bright and articulate as well as being a genius of a footballer.