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Hangover was behind David James switch to Bristol

David James has revealed that he was drunk when he was first contacted by Bristol City over the summer.

The former England goalkeeper secured a move to Ashton Gate in July after deciding to leave Portsmouth following their relegation from the Premier League.

His decision to join another Championship club raised a few eyebrows, especially after being heavily linked with a switch to Celtic.

The 40-year-old has now admitted that when he was first sounded out by then-Robins manager Steve Coppell he was still feeling the effects of a night out.

“I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland,” James said.

“In between thinking about all that, there was my wedding to Amanda to organise. It all converged at a single point, the morning after my stag do.

“I received a phone call from an unknown number. I don't usually answer those, but I was still drunk and so I picked it up.

“Much to my astonishment the man on the other end was Steve Coppell. He said, ‘All right Dave, I'm the Bristol City manager, and was wondering if you'd be interested in having a look at the club?' If it had been anyone else, I would not have considered it, but such was my respect for Steve that Bristol City became a serious contender.”

Belfast Telegraph