Classics from the archive: Michael Owen (Video)

It is incredible to think that Michael Owen was only 17 years old when he began to make an impact for Liverpool.

He scored on his debut and in his second season, at 18 years of age, he won the Premier League’s Golden Boot. Owen went on to make over 200 appearances for Liverpool and scored over 100 goals for the club.

The young boy from Liverpool was a nightmare for defenders; his pace created all sorts of problems and when the right ball did find him Owen very rarely made a mistake in front of goal.

As everybody has pointed out it is a great shame that he has announced his retirement and even greater shame that numerous injuries had such a significant impact on his time in football.

Here is a classic video from the archive of Michael Owen being interviewed by a BBC sports programme called Activ8 (good eh?) during his time at the FA’s School of Excellency and we see the young man show us what happens in everyday life at a school of footballing excellency.

What is most striking about Owen is how much of a nice chap he is and as you can see in the interview he is a very straightforward person who simply knew how to play football. This compounds how unfortunate Owen was throughout his career with injuries because of how much of a likable character he is.