Footballer gives insight into socks superstition

Published: 27th February 2009

Footballer gives insight into socks superstition
A popular footballer from the lower leagues has told the BBC in his weekly blog about the many superstitions he has seen during his career, with the player himself being susceptible to a worry or two.

Gavin Strachan, the son of Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and currently playing in midfield for Notts County, said he turns into a "gibbering wreck" if there aren't any beans left for him for his pre-game toasty meal.

Despite this, current team-mate Kevin Pilkington is "consumed" by his socks-based superstitions, particularly during his time at rival club Mansfield.

Gavin said: "This behaviour continued on the day of the game. He had to wear the same pants and the same socks, with the left sock always going on before the right one. We are assuming they got washed!"

Another foot-based superstition is that of Hartlepool United's Michael Nelson, who Strachan says files his feet in an irritating way before each game.

Gavin's father, Gordon, currently has Celtic on par with Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League in another close-fought contest between the two Glaswegian clubs.

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