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Bristol City's James drops huge gaffe

Bristol City goalkeeper David James has admitted to being drunk when he agreed to join the Championship club.

The former Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth man signed with the Robins in late July, turning down a lucrative offer from Celtic, but has said he wasn't in a great headspace when Bristol boss Steve Coppell called him.

"I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland," he revealed.

"In between thinking about all that, there was my wedding to Amanda to organise.

"I received a phone call from an unknown number. I don't usually answer those, but I was still drunk and so I picked it up.

"Much to my astonishment the man on the other end was Steve Coppell. He said, 'All right Dave, I'm the Bristol City manager, and was wondering if you'd be interested in having a look at the club?'

"If it had been anyone else, I would not have considered it, but such was my respect for Steve that Bristol City became a serious contender."

Andrew Slevison
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