The Scotland international started his professional career at Motherwell in 1981 before heading to his boyhood club, Glasgow Celtic. After a very successful spell with The Celts which included a SPL title and Scottish Cup win, Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for £850,000 to play for Manchester United where he spent the next 11-year’s of his career. Whilst at Old Trafford the attacker come midfielder won 14 trophies including four Premier League titles before returning to his first club, The Well in 1998.
90 seconds, 11 Q&A with Choccy:-
1) Childhood team growing up? Glasgow Celtic
2) First pair of football boots owned? A 2nd or 3rd hand pair of red Stylo Matchmaker George Best boots.
3) Did you have a nickname in the dressing room and how did you get it? Chocolate / Choccy as my surname rhymed with the delicacy “chocolate éclair“.
4) Favourite teammate? Celtic legend Tommy Burns.
5) Toughest opponent? Spanish and Athletic Madrid right back Tomás Reñones.
6) Which player do you wish you’d had the chance to play with? Sweden and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson.
7) Favourite football shirt you’ve played in? Manchester United 1994 third shirt (Green and Gold, Newton Heath)
8) Best stadium for atmosphere? La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Home to Boca Juniors.
9) Biggest influence on your career? Keith Leonard, during my youth days at Aston Villa
10) Most prized possessions from your playing days? Scottish Premier League winners medal from 1986.
11) What keeps you busy these days? Reading, Candy Crush, cycling, walking, lawn bowls, cooking, somnambulism. I’m also really enjoying my new podcast, ‘Life With Brian’ which you can join here