Cottee: “I can’t remember swearing at Rio”

RioTony Cottee cannot remembering swearing at Rio Ferdinand in his life despite his former ‘boot boy’s” recollections in his autobiography.

TC has had a personal invitation from Rio to attend the book’s launch next month and is looking forward to it.

The former Hammers central defender claims in the tome #twoSides that he heard someone shouting:  “Where’s that f***ing Ferdinand?” and emerged to see Tony Cottee.

He writes that TC said: “Where’s my f***ing boots? – You’re my boot boy. Where’s my boots?”

Ferdinand told him they were hanging on his peg in the boot room where he’d been told to put them.”

He claims Cottee said: “I want my boots with my training kit and tracksuit in my place every morning.”

When I said that wasn’t my job, he got angry declaring: “You’re my boot boy and you’ll do what I f***ing say.

“Then he walked off. So every day that year, Tony Cottee had everything exactly how he wanted it.”

But speaking to ClaretandHugh, Cottee laughed: “I don’t remember swearing at him. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t say that – it’s  not my style.

“There was a culture back then. I grew up under Frank Lampard Snr and that was a hard school – the boot boy had his responsibilities just like everybody else but I can’t recall using bad language.”


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Cottee: “I can’t remember swearing at Rio”

  1. Yet more attention seeking from Ferdinand…. Ironic that he was Cottee’s boot boy seeing as he’s never been fit to lace ’em!…..

    Btw, fantastic to see that team turn out on Monday night. Looking forward to the Liverpool match now with quiet confidence, and at least feeling like we’ll be entertained by our great new signings. This team can only get better and better!

  2. I’m a bit bored with rio and his book tbh

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