Lee Sharpe Interview (Part 1) – Never Give Up On Your Dreams
I was a bit of a late developer. I didn’t sign schoolboy forms for a professional club, Birmingham City, until I was 15. I thought that was it. I didn’t do any homework, no exams, and then they let me go at 16. So it was a bit of a let down.
I went for trials at Wolves and West Brom. They also turned me down. I went to Torquay with a few pals of mine and they offered me a YTS (Youth Training Scheme), moved 300 miles away from home. My mum said I couldn’t go because I was too young. My dad said I had to because it was my dream and I had to follow it.
I played a few games down there and a retired Manchester United scout spotted me. He rang Sir Alex Ferguson, who came down with his assistant at the time, Archie Knox. He said he wanted to take me to Manchester United, so at 17 I signed for United and that is where it all started really.
I was just turned 17 so I was only 12 months out of school and the next thing I was playing in front of 50,000 people at Old Trafford. I was fortunate to have a great captain and leader in Bryan Robson, who guided me through the game and helped me to with any mistakes I made. I was petrified. I didn’t think I was good enough at the time.
It was ‘sink or swim’. I was dropped in the deep end and had to produce.