For the mega-bucks, millionaire players have been going to the biggest booze sessions in the country WITHOUT getting noticed.
Former Chelsea and Brighton star Steve Sidwell revealed all on Episode 3 of the Liquid Football Show, which is produced by JOE in partnership with Paddy Power.
Discussing how various teams bond away from the pitch, Sidwell explained: “Boxing is big, golf is big and a lot of lads go to the darts.
“If they can get away with it in fancy dress, they will do that.”
The show’s presenter Kelly Cates moved to clarify Sidwell’s remarks, asking: “You mean if there’s someone with a mascot head on, could it be a player in disguise?”
And that’s exactly what Sidwell was getting at – those in full fancy dress at the Alexandra Palace could well be some of the biggest names in football.
“Yes, there’s every chance it could be a player underneath that,” Sidwell said.
“I’ve gone to the darts in disguise before as ‘Where’s Wally’.”
“I didn’t get noticed – though I’ve got to cover my hair up, that’s the thing with me.
“I’m like a flashing beacon as soon as I walk through the door. Everyone’s like ‘that’s Steve Sidwell… or Ben Watson!'”
A laughing Wayne Bridge, appearing alongside Sidwell on the show, asked: “So did anyone spot you?”
“No, no-one!” Sidwell laughed. “There were only about half a dozen of us but no-one noticed!”
Bridge had earlier revealed on Liquid Football how Roman Abramovich doubled the Chelsea players’ bonuses on a whim after the left-back’s late goal downed Arsenal in the Champions League in 2004,
“I remember one game – and I’m going to mention it because I scored and I don’t score many – but it was against Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals,” Bridge explained.
“It was unbelievable, especially for me as I don’t score many. I remember in the changing room after the game the atmosphere was unbelievable.
“Roman Abramovich came in and everyone was jumping up and down. I just remember Adrian Mutu going ‘we want double bonus’.
“Roman just nodded his head and said ‘there you go, lads’.
“Double bonus, it was big! Our bonuses were big enough already in the Champions League. We didn’t need it.”