Listen Live

Primesports Fm 104.9

Current track

Title

Artist

Background

Manchester United: Old Trafford cult hero Les Sealey’s lost tapes

Written by on May 29, 2024

In July 1991, Sealey moved to Aston Villa. He returned to Old Trafford on a free transfer in 1993 and was understudy to Peter Schmeichel.

During this spell, Sealey made two appearances for United – in the 1994 FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic, when Schmeichel was sent off, and in the 1994 League Cup final where United lost 3-1 to Aston Villa.

Schmeichel’s suspension for his red card meant Sealey got the nod for Wembley, but there was no winner’s medal this time.

Despite playing for a string of clubs thereafter, Sealey’s knee plagued him for the rest of his career. At one point, he was so desperate that he visited a faith healer on the recommendation of United and England captain Bryan Robson.

“Robson swears blind that he had a small, hairline fracture on his shinbone, and she’d put her hands on his shinbone,” said Sealey, “and he had an X-ray the following day and the fracture had gone.”

He claimed that when the healer touched his knee, it felt “like a red-hot iron”.

In August 2001, Sealey died of a heart attack, aged 43. He was working at the time as a goalkeeping coach at West Ham.

His life story is the focus of the book On Days Like These by Tim Rich.

Source link


Listen Live

Primesports Fm 104.9

Current track

Title

Artist

Background