Peter Reid is largely seen as a figure of fun these days, but he was a serious player.
The peak of Reid’s career came in 1985 when he was named the PFA player of the year, picked up a league winner’s medal and won the European Cup Winners Cup with Everton. He was also fourth in the voting for the World Soccer player of the year behind Michel Platini, Preben Elkjaer and El Diego - that's not bad company. Of course, a year later, El Diego and Reid's paths would cross in Mexico City as Maradona scored *that* goal and then *that* other one which left Reid as one of several England players sat on his backside. Amazingly, that was one of just 13 England appearances for Reid.
As a manager, he's best remembered for his seven-year spell in charge of Sunderland, captured wonderfully in the TV documentary Premier Passions. As Reid turns 56 today, here's a snippet from the show. It contains swearing. LOTS of swearing.