Kicked into Touch
Greg Gilbert isn't the first performer to leave possible football stardom behind him. Here are five more stars who decided to get their kit off in order to follow their musical dream.
Iron Maiden frontman and former fencing champion Bruce Dickinson wasn't the only band member with a sporting past. Bassist and Maiden founder Steve Harris (left) - an East End lad, born and bred - was a highly-regarded member of the West Ham youth team in the mid '70s. Many reckon that, had the group not gone on to redefine the face of British heavy metal, Harris might have become a professional. A case of sport's loss turning into music's shame.
Much as he loves to wave the family tartan and sing the praises of the lads in blue, the most famous 'Scot' born in Highgate was an apprentice professional at Brentford FC. It beat his other early job digging graves, but proved to be a lot less lucrative than his later employment as a golden-throated Jack The Lad. In the '70s, Rod regularly played kickabout with George Best, recorded a World Cup song with the Scottish Squad in 1978, and still likes to belt a ball into the crowd when he plays a big stadium. Grow up, mate!
The man once famous for fronting sub-Nirvana grunge rockers Bush, but now better known as Mr Gwen Stefani, was once on trial at Chelsea. …