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NEIL WARNOCK ON SIGNING DARREN BULLOCK

1 June 2020

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Former Town Manager discussed bringing Darren Bullock to the Terriers

- Neil Warnock recalled signing Darren Bullock at Huddersfield Town
- Former Manager watched Bully play for Nuneaton Borough
- Watch the full interview below on #HTTV

Former Huddersfield Town Manager Neil Warnock got goosebumps as he recalled watching Darren Bullock for the first time.

As Warnock tried to rebuild his Terriers side in 1994, he delved into the non-league market and one of his success stories was Bullock, otherwise known as Bully.

When speaking to #HTTV, he revealed how quickly he decided that he wanted to sign him.

“I was from non-league, so I knew all these places. I remember someone telling me about Darren Bullock. ‘He’s a bit of a lad, a window cleaner, but he’ll go through a brick wall for you’ they said.

“We went to see him at Nuneaton Borough, ironically, I nearly went there when I got the Scarborough job. Anyway, I had one or two contacts there, spoke to them and they said ‘yeah, he’s doing well this lad’.

“We went to see him play against Metropolitan Police. Mick Jones and I paid to go in, no-one knew who I was back then, we paid through the gate, walked round the pitch and stood on the terrace.

“They kicked off and I think it was eight and a half minutes when I said, ‘come on Mick, let’s go. I’ve seen enough’.

“’How can you have seen enough’ I remember Mick saying. I said, ‘did you see those two headers he’s just won, that last tackle, would you want him on your side or in the trenches with you. I’ve seen enough, we’ll try and sign him’.

“I’ve got goosy’s talking about him here! I remember talking to their Manager and eventually we agreed a deal.”

After joining Huddersfield Town, Bully didn’t disappoint! His attitude and work ethic perfectly fit Neil Warnock’s side and in the dressing room.

“Darren was a character; full of himself but a great lad. He was a big soft kid underneath but on the top, he was macho – I love that attitude.

“I told him ‘people have told me you’ll be difficult, you won’t be difficult, you’ll love it with me, son. But you step out of line, I will sort you out, you won’t step out of line’ and he was like, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’.

“He was just amazing Darren. He came straight into the team. He didn’t care about coming from Nuneaton, it was just another game of football for him. He’d be the same playing with his family in the park, he couldn’t change.

“We had a few things on and off the field during his time with us, but he was really exciting and was a pleasure to manage.”

Watch Neil Warnock’s full interview below on #HTTV!

 


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