Rod Stewart: Sing When You're Winning

You can’t think of Rod Stewart as anything other than a singer. In fact, the last thing you’d imagine him doing is plying his trade as a bit-part player in a struggling Nationwide League side.

But in his teens, when he wasn’t busy listening to Sam Cooke albums, Stewart was planning a career which didn’t involve blondes, recording contracts and Ronnie Wood.

One can only wonder why Brentford FC seemed like an attractive proposition, but the London-raised Scot went there for a week-long trial during his teens on the encouragement of his dad.

“I was on trial there around about the same time I was getting into music,” says Stewart, casting his expert eyes over the women in the bar of a west London hotel.

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Nick Moore

Nick Moore is a freelance journalist based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He wrote his first FourFourTwo feature in 2001 about Gerard Houllier's cup-treble-winning Liverpool side, and has continued to ink his witty words for the mag ever since. Nick has produced FFT's 'Ask A Silly Question' interview for 16 years, once getting Peter Crouch to confess that he dreams about being a dwarf.