Paul Dickov #ExtraordinaryCityStory with @visitabudhabi “The hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I talk about that moment during the promotion playoff final at Wembley in ‘99. We were 2-0 down, Kevin Horlock scored to make it 2-1, and I could still see Gillingham players high-fiving. I thought to myself "they've switched off here". When the board went up to show five minutes of extra time I knew we'd get another chance. I don't remember the actual strike for the goal. I remember the ball coming to me, but after that it was instinct. I'd been working hard in training with manager Joe Royle on the touch before the hit, so when that ball came to me I didn't need to think. Practice pays off, on that occasion in a major way. It was every emotion possible. “I was a professional footballer for over 20 years and a manager for six. I loved it but it does take over your life. Now I can watch my boys play football at the weekend and spend time with family I would never have been able to do. I still work with the club I love, Manchester City, and I'm Head of Sporting Excellence at a charity called the Laurus Trust. A lot of kids when they get to the age of 13 or 14... they love sport but because they're not very good at it they don't want to embarrass themselves in front of their peers, so we're letting them know about different pathways into activity. “I think I've found the right balance in my life.”

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