This week on the podcast I sit down with former Manchester United winger Luke Chadwick for a brilliantly open discussion about his career and his battles with his mental health.
Luke joined Manchester United at at 16, rising up their infamous academy as a pacy winger with a real eye for goal. He made his debut for United’s first team in 1999 and played really as David Beckham’s right wing understudy in that period.
However, Luke, who he says was a very shy and timid boy growing up until he got on the pitch, experienced bullying from the media, and in particular a TV show 'They Think It's All Over' which featured presenter Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker, about the way he looked.
In this episode We dive deep into Luke’s playing career and his mind to understand how his mental health suffered throughout his United career and discuss the difficulty he had when he retired, battling depression. We also explore how Luke rediscovered his zest for life, overcame post retirement blues and his advice for young footballers growing up in an age of intense media scrutiny and pressure.
Luke is a Director at The Football Fun Factory which is a football events company around the UK. The Football Fun Factory was created to deliver incredible childhood football experiences, for boys and girls of all ages and ability levels.
Here’s Luke’s story so please… leave all judgement at the door
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