Schalke boss Rangnick: I know all about Man Utd - I played for Southwick and followed Brighton!

Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick knows all about English football - thanks to his days with Southwick in the Sussex County League!

Rangnick was a student at Sussex University and turned out for the little outfit near Brighton in 1979-80.

His last match was against Rye United on April 26, 1980 - exactly 31 years before he pits his wits against Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League semi-final, first leg in Gelsenkirchen.

Rangnick, 52, said: "I lived near Brighton for a year and played for Southwick. I lived with a family and am still in contact with them.

"Twice a week I would take the fast train to London and watch a First Division game. There was no Premier League then. I'd usually see either Arsenal or Tottenham.

"But Brighton were in the First Division then, so I'd also go to the old Goldstone Ground. It was one of the best years of my life.

"I was studying at Stuttgart University and was a guest student at Sussex. One Southwick game, I broke two ribs and punctured a lung. I was in hospital for three weeks."

 
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