After receiving that great news, Whiteside joined the club and within a few short years was a first-team player.
“The club gave me a one-year apprentice and three years as a pro,” he said.
“I’d have signed a blank bit of paper just to play.
“The only thing I found different was I lived in digs with a few guys and they became different with me because I wasn’t an apprentice anymore. Some of them had to clean my boots.
“The Cliff had the youth team, reserve team and first team – we only had three dressing rooms and I bypassed the reserve team and went straight into the first team at 17.”
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