Liverpool icon was so drunk he could hardly stand up before setting WAG on fire

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol was once so drunk he decided to set a teammate’s WAG’s hair on fire.

The former right-back was not shy of getting on the booze in his heyday for the Reds. He missed the 1990 FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace due to an injury, but still took the coach down with the staff and wives to watch the match.

Nicol, speaking to BBC Scotland, recalled drinking on the coach from 10am in the morning. He watched his team-mates suffer a rare defeat – after which they all got the bus back to Liverpool, for what manager Kenny Dalglish had intended to be a celebration.

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But an absolutely bladdered Nicol, who admitted he could barely stand up by the time he reached the Chinese restaurant, ended up causing havoc, at the expense of a fellow defender’s wife.

“I was absolutely annihilated,” the Scotsman said. “It actually worked out because everybody was devastated – but I was so drunk it loosened up the mood a little bit.

“We’re sitting having a meal and Gary Ablett’s wife Debbie was sat next to me with the big lion’s mane hair – it was like a big bush on top of her head.

“I’m sitting smoking and looking at it, and for some reason I’m thinking ‘I wonder what would happen if I lit that on fire’.

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“I put my lighter next to her rather large mop and WOOOOOOFFFFF!!!”

Nicol, who won four First Division titles with the Reds, ended up repeatedly bashing Debbie on the head in an attempt to subdue the flames, which had engulfed her.

He added: “Gary was screaming ‘What are you doing?!’ and putting his jacket on her head. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn’t one of the smartest things in the world.”

Nicol – the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1988/89 – revealed how Debbie was not harmed in the incident, though her hair "might have taken a few years" to recover.


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