Life after Ewood – David May

The end of the 93/94 season was the first time a Rovers player left the club and became an instant hate figure in my life.

As an 11 year old, I couldn’t understand why any player would want to leave Rovers. David Batty had it right when he rang this player up and started chanting ‘scum scum scum’ down the phone to him as a proud Yorkshireman from Leeds.

Although, I got the first laugh as I stood in the Anfield Road end on May 14th 1995 chanting ‘Where’s your medal David May’ as the Premier League trophy was being paraded.

David May didn’t have too bad a career post Rovers. 2 Premiership winners medals, 2 FA Cup winners medals and the infamous Champions League winner’s medal. A competition he didn’t play a single minute of yet stole the show when it came to the celebrations. He tainted himself further by finishing his career with THEM from down the M65.

May actually only made 118 appearances in his 9 years at United (1 spent on loan to Huddersfield). He revealed that one of his reasons for leaving Blackburn in 1994 was that he was earning £500 a week compared to Alan Shearer’s £9,000 a week in a season he made more first team appearances than Shearer. He stated he requested £4,000 a week but, Jack didn’t acknowledge his request until he found out Manchester United wanted to sign him.

Following retirement, May works as a pundit for MUTV and describes himself as a United supporter despite growing up supporting Manchester City. What people may not know is that he has become an importer of wine from South Africa since 2004.


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