Pierre Van Hooijdonk


Have you heard the one about the player that had to celebrate his goals by himself? Well that’s exactly what Pierre Van Hooijdonk had to do after a self-imposed strike while at Nottingham Forrest. He returned in November with the club winless from the opening nine league games and rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. Dutchman Van Hooijdonk arrived at Nottingham Forrest after a wage dispute with his former club Celtic, reportedly describing the club’s offer of a £7k a-week wage rise as “good enough for the homeless to live on, but not for an international striker”. Following on from that fine example, he fell out with Forrest’s owners over a supposed broken promise over the issue of squad reinvestment. He eventually got his move away at the end of the season to Vitesse Arnhem back in his native Holland, while Forrest were consigned to relegation. What a lovely fellow.

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