Liverpool legend John Barnes has explained how he injured himself in bizarre and hilarious circumstances on a team trip to the Grand National at Aintree – and how he escaped the wrath of Kenny Dalglish.
The 2019 Grand National weekend is upon us, and it appears Barnes has some fond memories of the legendary Merseyside race.
But it wasn’t horses he can remember galloping down the final furlong – it was him and fellow Anfield great Alan ‘Jockey’ Hansen!
Barnes feared he would incur the wrath of Dalglish, but King Kenny wasn’t bothered – ‘He had money on Jockey!’ Some footballers just can’t turn off their competitive edge, which is clear from this story.
It all started when long-legged Hansen insisted he could beat winger Barnes in a foot race and – after enjoying some ‘hospitality’ – where else to prove it than on the final furlong of the Grand National course?
It didn’t all go to plan for Barnes, though, as he explained on Friday’s Sports Breakfast…
“I gave Alan Hansen five yards and he beat me by ten, because unfortunately I pulled my hamstring.
“I missed three games after that!
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“Of course I expected a rollicking from Kenny Dalglish, but Kenny actually showed me a lot of sympathy.
“Kenny had a bet on Jockey winning anyway, so I don’t think he was too bothered about me missing those three games.
“I didn’t know money was on it until Kenny was quite pleased. Having lost me for three games I thought he’d be disappointed, but he wasn’t disappointed at all!
“That’s in the old days, Ally!”
Listen to John Barnes on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!