Portsmouth’s Christian Burgess: ‘For two years at university I lived off scraps’

13 April 2017 10:00
The stereotype-defying defender discusses his dissertation, Donald Trump, his impromptu park coaching of kids and why Pompey need to win promotion from League Two this season“It is annoying that Question Time is on so late on a Thursday, to be honest,” says Christian Burgess. “It goes on nearly till midnight. I think a lot of people enjoy it so I don’t know why it has such a late slot.” It is a minor yet genuine gripe for the Portsmouth defender who very much defies the stereotype.Burgess has had an unorthodox journey into professional football. Let go by Arsenal at 12 and then by West Ham United, he landed a contract with Middlesbrough eight years later after impressing the then manager Tony Mowbray in a reserve fixture at Scunthorpe following a two-day trial. At the time Burgess was playing for the University of Birmingham and it was the Easter break. Related: Portsmouth in takeover talks with billionaire former Walt Disney chairman Related: Cardiff Met: the student football team with sights set on the Europa League Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian