Alan Brazil was sacked after Cheltenham sesh – and also ended up in the doghouse

Alan Brazil was once sacked following an all-night session at Cheltenham – leaving him in the doghouse with his wife until he was handed a reprieve.

The former Manchester United and Scotland striker turned broadcaster has a deep love for the racing and in particular the Cheltenham Festival week which is held each March.

Having broadcast his talkSPORT show from the Gloucestershire racecourse in recent years, on one occasion he needed to get back to London the following morning – but had a thirst on.

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Having enjoyed a single pint of Guinness with a pal before it turned into a huge session, Brazil asked his bed and breakfast host to make sure he was up and out by 3:30am to ensure he made it back in time.

In his chat with The Sun, Brazil explained: "I tore into the old boy for not getting me out of bed but he replied: 'Mr Brazil, you didn’t get in until ten to four'.

"A bike turned up at my house with a letter. I’d been sacked. It was my wife Jill’s birthday on St Paddy’s Day and I was well and truly in the dog house.

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"When I got home I just told the kids we were off skiing. We were soon on the mountain with beautiful blue skies. I was back at talkSPORT two-and-a-half weeks later."

With talkSPORT again holding their breakfast shows from Cheltenham in 2023, Brazil tweeted on the first day of the festival: "Cheltenham!!!! Is all I need to say."

In a recent chat with Daily Star Sport thanks to in his role with AceOdds, the 63-year-old explained why he wouldn't drink so much during his playing days if he could do it all again.

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He said: "But you're training every day, I suppose it's best not to drink, but when you're training every day, then you're sweating out. In those days, there was no fancy wines or champagne, to be honest, it was beer or Guinness.

"You used to sweat that off."

Concluding when pointing out that English teams were still successful: "So again, I take it with pinch of salt. If I had my choice, again, I probably wouldn't drink."


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