When Frank met Julian (again)

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 20th June 2024

The second episode of the podcast' Let Me Be Frank', featuring former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie is available now.

In this new episode, Frank chats with former West Ham teammate Julian Dicks. As well as recalling their hilarious scrapes as roommates, they discuss Dicks' remarkable club career and the reasons behind his repeated England snubs.

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It's no secret that Dicks was told by former England assistant manager John Gorman his best chance of getting a full England cap was by growing his hair.

That led to the former KUMB columnist turning his back on the Three Lions after repeatedly being overlooked - even though, as he put it, England were giving caps to "drug abusers, alcoholics and wife beaters".

Now enjoying a third spell as boss of Isthmian League side Heybridge Swifts, Dicks, 55, said he knew his face didn’t fit as early as 1992 when he was left out of a friendly in Moscow against the Soviet Union - despite being the only left back available to boss Graham Taylor.

And years later, during a chance nightclub meeting in Marbella in Spain with Gorman – then number two to Glen Hoddle – Dicks learned that his shaven head was part of the problem.

"We were in Spain on an end of season trip and Gorman was coming up the stairs at Lineker’s Bar as we were walking down, it was about 3 am," Dicks told McAvennie. "He was pissed coming up the stairs and I was still sober walking down the stairs.

"He said to me 'if you grow your hair I’ll get you in the England side'. So I told him to fuck off - and that didn’t help me.

"At the time there was Stuart Pearce, a very good player but then you had Andy Hinchcliffe and Graeme Le Saux. No disrespect, but they couldn’t lace my trainers let alone my football boots.

"On one occasion away with the England team, manager Graham Taylor told me I would be playing on the Tuesday for the full international team. So I was thinking 'great' and I told my mum and dad.

"I played on the Monday for the B team and I’m thinking surely I can’t be playing two games in two days, but he said I was playing.

"So the day came and he played Andy Sinton who was a winger, at left back – and I was the only left back there and he didn’t play me. It was all bollocks basically.

"Later I played probably the best 12-game stint I had played for West Ham and all of sudden people were saying I should be England’s left back," Dicks added. "Then, on the 13th game I had a bad game and in the papers it was a case of I wasn’t good enough.

"That’s when I turned round and said I would rather build my fucking dog kennels than play for England."

You may either watch or listen to the latest episode of 'Let Me Be Frank', which is out now on YouTube, Apple and Spotify, here:

Apple Podcasts - https://shorturl.at/3EOPV
Spotify - https://shorturl.at/5WDB0
YouTube - https://shorturl.at/m7frL
Twitter/X: https://x.com/LMBFPodcast

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