Blog: When Trigger wrote for the Villa matchday programme
Roger Lloyd-Pack contributed to the News & Record in 2004.
16th Jan 2014
Blog: When Trigger wrote for the Villa matchday programme

Sad news today that Only Fools and Horses legend Roger Lloyd-Pack - aka loveable Trigger - has died from pancreatic cancer. Did you know he once wrote a special column in the Villa News & Record ahead of the home match between Villa and his club Tottenham in May 2004? Find the piece below as he discusses his admiration for Villa and his love of the men from White Hart Lane.

Former Tottenham player 'Razor' Ruddock once said that every football club has their own Trigger.

I don't know if that's the case at Villa but I believe they have a Del Boy and a Dave - sorry I mean Rodney!

I'm told Peter Crouch - who started his career at my club Tottenham - is known as Rodders at the training ground by his team-mates. Poor lad!

I am also reliably informed that Lee Hendrie has all the characteristics of David Jason's cheeky Del.

I believe he said in last season's matchday programme that he loves Del Boy and has every episode of the show on DVD. That's always nice to hear.

People are always asking me about the show and one of my favourite moments is when Del falls through the bar in 'Yuppie Love.'

It was a very funny scene but I also like it because I worked really hard on my reaction after he falls. I have to hold the shot quite a while after the fall and I was pleased with how it came out.

As for the football, I started following Tottenham primarily because my dad was a supporter and I remember watching a lot of their games on a black and white television at home, so I always saw their true colours!

To be honest, it was a close run thing when I was younger because I used to live right next to Stamford Bridge so I used to go a lot more to Chelsea than Tottenham back then but I was always Tottenham through and through.

Saying that, I haven't been able to see them as much as I would have liked this season. I have only been to four games so far because I have been very busy with work.

There have been some great players put on the white shirt of Tottenham through the years and my past favourites include John White and Danny Blanchflower.

My modern day heroes include Glenn Hoddle, Gazza, Ozzie Ardiles and David Ginola - all the flair players, you see!

The only player I can think of with current links to Villa in the modern era would be Oyvind Leonhardsen.

I liked him but he never really made his mark at White Hart Lane. He did some really good things but not consistently. It didn't help that he played under quite a few different managers.

Talking of the claret and blue, one of the players I really like in your side is Darius Vassell.

He is a good player and someone I wouldn't mind watching play for Tottenham in the future, although we appear to have got a decent variety of strikers at last!


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