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Chris Sutton Had A Crazy Night Before Joining Blackburn

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Chris Sutton was arrested on the night before he joined Blackburn from Norwich in 1994.

Sutton was 21 at the time, and had decided to leave Norwich despite having just signed a new deal at the club. The chairman told him the purse strings were about to be loosened, and new signings made, but manager Mike Walker soon moved to Everton and Ruel Fox was sold to Newcastle.

Sutton had several options open to him - including Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool - but decided to join a Blackburn side managed by Kenny Dalglish.

"I got arrested," Sutton told the Open Goal podcast about the night before he made the move to Blackburn.

"I was out Bryan Gunn and a few of the others I can’t really remember.

"I got misled, led astray as you do as a young guy, and I dived into a convertible mini head on and bent the indicator a little bit.

"I went into a nightclub upstairs and the police came in and I went out the fire exit and jumped in a taxi to go home.


"Then three police cars surrounded the taxi. Nothing [happened] in the nightclub, just in the car I'd bent the indicator when I jumped in, not a lot happens in Norfolk!


"So then I got put in the cells."

Chris Sutton on being arrested before joining Blackburn

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Sutton's main concern was not what Blackburn and Kenny Dalglish would think of him being arrested.

"All I was worried about was my dad," he continued.

"I hadn’t really thought about the move I just kept thinking ‘My dad is going to kill me’.


"Kenny laughed it off, having said that I had already signed for Blackburn so there was nothing he could do about it, really.

"He was fine. I was a young man, we all make mistakes."

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