Dave took my favorite photo of myself.

Dave Harvey took this photo. It is my favorite photo of myself and I don’t think any other person behind a camera could have captured what is in this shot. Those who know me well, probably know at this stage that I was never an angel on the field of play. I was marking Busan Utd’s best player that day, and Dave gives a revealing insight into how I dealt with him. I was 38 at that stage; too old for breaking but too young to tame. ┬áMy opponent was 16 years younger than I, and as fast and skillful as hell.

In all my years on a sports-field no other lens everDave Harvey took this caught the essence of what I was about. Only Dave!

Fortunately, for many of you it’s the back of my head that Dave captured. Photos are a funny entity. I doubt if many of your favorite photos of yourselves do not reveal your face, but so it is with me. Few mastered that entity better than Dave. Thank you Dave. You made a very old footballer happy one last time when you gave me a enlarged printed copy of that shot in Ulsan in 2004. It has since been framed and hangs above my mantelpiece in Ireland. Thank you again.