Date:Friday January 26 2007
FORMER head of sports science Simon Clifford is the latest person to give his opinion on Gareth Bale.
Clifford spoke of the first time he met Gareth and promptly gave him a rollocking.
He told the Echo: 'I went to the first pitch on the left as you drive into Staplewood and the first year academy scholars were there with Georges Prost.
'While I was watching a few balls came my way and I kicked them back.
'After a while another ball came my way with a kid running after it. I kicked it back and he collected it and ran off.
'It was Gareth Bale.
'I shouted out oi! If someone does something nice for you, then thank them! Learn some ******** manners!'
'I don't think he liked me for a while after that. You could see he had a cockiness about him, an arrogance, an edge.
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