Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uwe Back in Blue for Les ; the Blues Legend Is Set for an Anglo/German Reunion at a Tribute Game Next Month for the Club's Long-Serving Kitman

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uwe Back in Blue for Les ; the Blues Legend Is Set for an Anglo/German Reunion at a Tribute Game Next Month for the Club's Long-Serving Kitman

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CITY legend Uwe Rosler recalls joker Les Chapman winding him up the first time they met at Maine Road.

Chapman, who was coaching at the time, instantly offered to help the German striker master the English language and threw in some swear words for good measure.

The air was Blue as Chapman simply laughed and a somewhat naive new recruit later saw the funny side of Chapman's trademark devilish wit.

An Anglo/German reunion is on cards next month.

Rosler is currently in training alongside his Brentford players trying to shed a few pounds before lacing up his old shooting boots and running out in Chapman's tribute game at Edgeley Park on August 4. A host of fellow City legends are turning out to salute Chapman, the former Stockport County striker, City coach and long serving club kitman.

Rosler, who scored 64 goals in 176 appearances for the Blues between 1994 and 1998, says it is an honour and a privilege to have been invited to play in Chapman's tribute match.

Rosler labels likeable Les as one of the game's real characters and is hoping fans turn out number to honour his lifelong involvement in football.

He still laughs when recalling their first meeting. Rosler, 44, told MEN Sport: "I want to help make this a great day for Les because he is a great man and a wonderful loyal clubman.

"I like that so many people in football think the world of him - he is great guy and a real football man.

"Les was always very good to me - yes, he helped me learn quite a few English words when I first arrived in England - not the nicest ones I might add but that's Les for you! He made me feel at home the moment I arrived at City.

"He was so friendly and helpful and he has been a very loyal hard- working clubman at City over so many years.

Popular "Professional football is very competitive and this is why it is so very important to have men like Les around the club.

"He provides such a vital link in the set up of any successful club.

"Les is very good at his job. …

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