Former Celt, Thomas Gravesen, Shares Regret On Retiring From Football

Mad Dog Gravesen – ‘He thought differently to everyone else,’ Aiden McGeady

On the previous page we re-published an interview with Chris Sweeney, author of a book on Thomas Gravesen, titled ‘MAD DOG GRAVESEN – The Last of the Modern Footballing Mavericks’.

Chris gave The Celtic Star an extract from his excellent book to share with our readers, so here goes…

Extract from ‘MAD DOG GRAVESEN – The Last of the Modern Footballing Maverick,’ by Chris Sweeney

Thomas didn’t feel the need to wait in traffic Celtic’s stadium is located in the East End of Glasgow, not far from the city centre and in a fairly busy residential area.

After games, it is usually gridlocked as the 60,000 fans try to disperse in a variety of ways using the same roads. While his fellow players would wait patiently in the jams reflecting on their performance, Thomas would drive his Honda car, provided to him free by the club, on the wrong side of the road. He’d accelerate hard all the way into oncoming traffic with his index finger held aloft out of the window. The gesture was supposed to be some kind of explanation to anyone wondering what was going on, but the finger seemed to confuse people more than explain anything.

Thomas had also tried to convince Aiden McGeady to join him in buying a shared car. By this point, despite being a multi-millionaire, Thomas had reined in any spending and was going through a period of conserving cash, for no apparent reason.

Anyway, both of them lived in the exclusive Thortonhall village, south of Glasgow. It’s an area popular among footballers and well-off individuals. Thomas hit on the grand plan that he and McGeady should both contribute 50/50 towards the cost of a big Audi A8 4 2 diesel.

The logical move for most people would have been for the two team-mates to share the driving, use their own cars and take it in turns to pick the other up. But for Thomas, the best idea was to buy a separate car together specifically for driving to training. He’d picked out the exact model; it wasn’t a case of any car, it was that car. It illustrated again that his way of approaching situations was very precise, intense and focused. McGeady added: ‘He thought differently to everyone else’.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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