Football historians have unearthed details of a former Liverpool player who did not become a pundit following his playing career.
The shock discovery concerns Dick Forshaw, a centre forward who helped Liverpool to two titles in the early 1920s.
While the absence of satellite TV channels at the time he retired in the 1930s limited punditry opportunities, it was common for former Liverpool players to appear in Pathe newsreels commenting on other team’s misfortunes.
Tom Wilson, the historian who led the project says:
“I was truly amazed to find this Liverpool player who never became a pundit.
“When even Jason ‘Trigger’ McAteer and Liverpool ‘legend’ David Thompson keep spouting their views, the assumption must be that everyone who played for the club became a pundit at some point.
“I am still investigating why this wasn’t the case with Dick Forshaw.
“There is some speculation he spoke in an unintelligible accent, but with Steven Gerrard’s instant punditry success, we can’t expect that to have been a problem.
“According to his Wikipedia entry, he was sentenced to 12 months’ hard labour for fraud after his retirement for trying to make a £2 bet he won look like a £20 bet.
“One possibility is the fact he won this bet in the first place means he actually could predict football with some accuracy – a quality which doesn’t set you up well for a career in punditry.”