By Mark Ward
On eleventh could 2009, Ward left Kirkham criminal in Lancashire, the one-time top-flight winger had spent 4 years at Her Majesty's excitement for medicinal drugs offences. His crime was once renting a estate during which cocaine with a road price of £645,000 was once came upon in the course of a police raid in might 2005. Ward by no means denied his involvement. Broke and with out everlasting domestic on the time, he had authorized £400 per week from an acquaintance to hire a home for an unspecified "stash". He used to be despatched down for 8 years. He has continuously stated his "stupid, poor mistake". A footballer who used to be spoken of as England fabric, Ward used to be ever-present within the most sensible league season West Ham ever had (1985-86), and a top-flight participant with Manchester urban and Everton. within the first ever week of the most well known League in 1992, he helped Everton win 3-0 at previous Trafford. Later he was once player-coach at Birmingham in a promoting season that observed silverware at Wembley. He had a stunning spouse, now former spouse, who Ward jokes was once "the unique WAG", and a part of "the reliable lifetime of a footballer" which incorporated an immense condo, flash vehicle, great outfits, overseas vacation trips, and a £2,000-a-week agreement, which within the early Nineteen Nineties nonetheless appeared some huge cash within the prime League. however the taking part in days ended, and a determined struggle to stick within the video game – at lower-league golf equipment, then in Hong Kong and Iceland– finally needed to be given up. The decline ended in crime, and felony. Ward occupied himself by way of writing his lifestyles tale, by means of hand, on felony paper. He says: "I'm happy with my booklet. It's simply a good account of my lifestyles, no bullshit." Ward is outspoken approximately present avid gamers who've completed notoriety for the inaccurate purposes. He talks in regards to the escapades and run-ins with a number of recognized names, in and out soccer. in a single miraculous bankruptcy, "Shooting the Pope", Ward unearths how, at a 1992 fancy costume Christmas get together at Everton, he shot team-mate Barry Horne, dressed because the Pope, at shut variety, within the chest, with a true gun; this incident used to be by no means ahead of made public, nor have been many others, in the past.