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The day Parkesy told Macari to stop gambling

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Phil Parkes remembers the day when former boss Lou Macari turned to him and said: “You should stop drinking because it’s a bad example to the kids.”

But he  got a very quick reply from the goalkeeper who said: “I can stop drinking at any time but I’ll stop now if you agree to stop gambling!”

Macari revealed in a Moore Than Just a Podcast broadcast that the keeper couldn’t train because of issues with his knees and Parkesy admitted there was absolutely no love lost between the two of them.

Parkesy told CandH exclusively: “Macari’s right.I couldn’t train every day and play at the weekend but his entire training regime was based on running but I always did the goal keeping stuff.

“After John Lyall’s methods not many of us could get on with the Macari way and I always remember asking Bonzo what he thought of him and he replied: “I wasn’t sure I was up to managing but after working with this guy I think I’ll give it a go!”

The Scottish manager never spoke to him again after that conversation but Parkesy remembers the day John Lyall’s successor asked Alan Devonshire to place a £300 bet on  a horse.

He explained: “Dev didn’t think the horse could win and stood the bet himself and during the match Tony Gale called out to him in the dug out: “What’s happened?”

Dev called back that it had lost whereupon Galey informed the entire team on the pitch to general delight.

Parkesy said: “We never got on and he knows what I think of him. I have no problem with him bringing up ancient issues but there’s always another side to be told.”

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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