Ex-Man Utd ace Luke Chadwick says BBC’s cruel jokes over his looks killed his confidence and he ‘prayed’ they would stop – The Sun

FORMER Manchester United star Luke Chadwick admits cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

The show ran from 1996 until 2006, during which Chadwick was trying to break into the United first team.

Nick Hancock was the main host, with former Spurs and England star Gary Lineker and cricket legend David Gower as team captains.

But various segments of the show poked fun at Chadwick's appearance, which he says "stunted his growth" as a person.

Speaking to The Athletic, Chadwick, who is now a coach at Cambridge United, revealed the torment he went through.

The 39-year-old said: "When they started bringing it [my appearance] up, they were bringing me to the attention of millions of people.

"I remember the first time and someone texting me to say, 'Nice appearance on They Think It's All Over'.

"I was so shocked because I was quite naive back then, even if I was playing occasionally for Manchester United.

"I watched it the next week and I could see people laughing at these jokes about me. It was obviously funny to other people but, to me, it didn't feel like that."

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