Pretty amazing that Stoke has produced not one, not two, but three black lads from difficult working-class backgrounds who became not just outstanding footballers at a time when racism was rife, but also highly successful broadcasters later in their careers.
They're a credit to the area when you think about it like.
Even more so when you consider just how small the Afro-carribean in our area is.
Grew up with the earles on the Coalville estate , went all through school with his older brother Neville , Robbie was a great footballer even as a kid and was tough been a black kid in those days on a miners estate , done well for himself and his mum still lives round the corner
Also, while this wasn’t the case in his playing days it’s hard not to like Ainsworth either. It’s rare to have a non one dimensional football manager and he’s achieved great things without making it all about him.