Ashford's Neil 'Razor' Ruddock among Celebrity Big Brother hopefuls
Football legend Neil 'Razor' Ruddock was called up to
appear on Celebrity Big Brother to replace TV star Jim Davidson, it
The former North School pupil, 44, was drafted in to star in the
Channel 5 reality television show after the 59-year-old comedian
was arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offences on
Mr Ruddock, who lives in the Kingsnorth area, played
professional football for a host of clubs including Millwall,
Tottenham, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace and
Swindon before retiring in 2003. He was also capped for England
On entering the house he said: “I’m an absolute living legend...
I’ve had a bit of a controversial past with a reputation to train
hard and party hard. I love the lads and the banter we have down
“I have a room in my house where only blokes are allowed, except
my wife when she’s hoovering.”
Other contestants on the show include former jockey Frankie
Dettori, singer Claire Richards from Steps, actress Gillian
Taylforth who played Kathy Beale on Eastenders and Rylan Clark from
this year’s X Factor.
Mr Ruddock is known locally as “Jacko” because he used to walk
around with a little toy monkey when he was younger.
He was part of the Liverpool squad in the 1990s infamously known
as the “Spice Boys” alongside David James, Robbie Fowler and Stan
After leaving football, he had been in demand as an after dinner
speaker and has made TV appearances on A Question of Sport,
Celebrity Come Dine With Me and I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of
He is a patron of Ashford United Youth Academy and his nephew
plays in the academy set up.
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