Sometime ago something dawned on me…. I’m going back a few years… about 8 or 9 maybe. But it struck me one day when thinking about my favourite football (soccer) player. Some of you may know of him but for the benefit of all, my favourite footballer of all time is Dennis Bergkamp – he’s Dutch and played his club football for Ajax (Amsterdam), Internationale (Milan) and Arsenal (London) and of course was a Holland International. He retired from the game as a player in 2006 and he’s had his Autobiography published 3 or 4 years ago.
It’s perhaps because of this book being released that brought to mind what I had thought about those years ago. The first thing you would notice about Dennis Bergkamp whether you are a man or a woman is his incredibly handsome good looks, blue eyes and blonde hair. But what struck me the most was that Dennis Bergkamp was to football what Steve Clark was to modern rock music. And when I got my hands on a copy of Bergkamp’s book (titled Stillness & Speed – My Story), some of the quotes from people who worked with him during his playing career said things about him; things which could be said exactly about Steve. If these were people in music talking about a guitar musician it could easily be Steve. And the more I thought about these statements and Bergkamp’s footballing skills, the more I could see how he was a bit like Steve in his profession as a musician: