By Pat Symes
Like many talented footballers of the seventies and eighties, the tale informed by way of mythical Middlesbrough, Southampton and England winger David Armstrong comprises a few amazing ups and downs; however the pace and ferocity of his own rollercoaster trip are absolutely special. beginning out at Leeds, David resisted signing for Don Revie – later by way of Clough’s woodland and Manchester United. He performed a massive 356 consecutive fits for Middlesbrough ahead of being compelled out after ten years. directly to Saints with Keegan, Ball and Channon – and extra close to misses within the league and cup. Armstrong’s promising England occupation was once unfortunately curtailed by way of a falling-out with Bobby Robson – and simply 4 years later he used to be pressured to join up the dole. The break-up of his first marriage, his determined hope for an ankle amputation and bailiffs on the door lend David’s riches-to-rags tale of stardom and poverty a human allure some distance past soccer.
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