Middlesbrough FC legend David Armstrong, subject of Pitch title The Bald Facts, will visit both MFC Official stores ahead of Saturday’s game against Leicester City to meets fans and sign copies of his new book.
Known as Spike to Boro fans and team-mates, David was one of the stars of Jack Charlton’s 1973-74 Division One championship-winning side and famously played 305 consecutive league games between 1973 and 1980.
Blessed with a fabulous left foot, he made 428 appearances in all competitions, scoring 77 goals and winning full England honours before a £600,000 move to Southampton in 1981.
But as well as detailing his glittering career, The Bald Facts: The David Armstrong Biography, by Pat Symes, is also a tragic human-interest story of injury, depression, unemployment, marital break-up and, ultimately, poverty.
The book, which features a foreword by Kevin Keegan and a tribute from Big Jack, reveals how he was forced to sign on the dole four years after playing for England and was visited by bailiffs while still a top-flight player. He also underwent five ankle operations that have left him disabled.
David will be in MFC Official’s town centre store from 11am to noon and in the stadium store from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Later he will be Jim Platt’s guest in the Fenton Suite for the game.
Click here for more information on The Bald Facts.