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The final whistle is yet to blow Spot Andy! Former footballer Andy Blair is pictured in one of his four premises


Garment decoration may not seem like an obvious career choice for a former professional footballer, but Andy Blair has enjoyed a three-decade long career in supplying branded schoolwear and sportswear after a knee injury cut short his football career at the age of 30. P&P editor Melanie Attlesey speaks to the man himself about his two very different, but very successful careers.


this day it remains his debut for Coventry City at the age of 18 in 1978. This may be hard to comprehend when you learn that Andy went on to play for Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday. And it may be even more difficult to understand when you throw in the fact that Andy was part of the Villa team that beat Barcelona 3-0 at Villa Park to win the European Super Cup in 1982. Andy also has the unusual distinction of becoming the first player to ever score a hat-trick of penalties in the League Cup. But as Andy explains: “You cannot replace the emotion that making your debut brings you. The adrenaline you experience and the desire to want to achieve, compares to nothing else. It was the biggest high I had professionally.” Unfortunately a knee injury brought an end to Andyʼs illustrious professional


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hen asked what the highlight of his playing career was, Andy states very clearly that to


After all this time we are only at the midpoint of the second half. It’s an exciting game, evenly poised at 2-2. Here’s hoping for a late winner, to take us to the next level.


– Andy Blair


football career. But rather than dwell on what could have been Andy took a rather refreshing approach to the situation. “I felt that I was very privileged to have had the career I had, and I saw the injury as just one of those things in life.”


With children to feed and a mortgage to


pay, Andy decided to take the route of becoming self-employed. “I wanted to become my own boss,” he explains.


Become your own boss


So after a rehabilitation period of around three years following the knee injury which rendered playing football impossible, Andy


began to sell sportswear on market stalls across central England, sticking close to an industry he knew well.


After a successful few years of doing


this, Andy wanted to expand business and to do so needed a base to work from. In 1991, Andy acquired his first self- named retail premises in Coventry. Business was going well, but at the turn of the millennium Andy realised another route to market was needed to allow the business to continue flourishing. Given the rise of the internet and the likes of Mike Ashley and Dave Whelan dominating the general sports trade,


www.printwearandpromotion.co.uk


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