Aston Villa goalkeeping favourite Nigel Spink is on the move with a courier business conceived when he was clearing his apartment after being sacked.
Spink’s safe pair of hands, which helped Villa lift the European Cup in 1982, are now being put to good use transporting goods for his firm S and M Couriers.
The 54-year-old first developed the idea with business partner Paul Munro after he was dismissed as a goalkeeping coach at Sunderland in November 2011.
S and M Couriers, which is based in Sutton Coldfield, offers deliveries nationwide, house and office removals and transports parts for the motor industry.
“The idea came two years ago when I got sacked by Sunderland,” explained Spink. “A friend of mine at Citroen lent me a big van to get all my furniture back from my apartment in Sunderland.
“It was Mick McCarthy’s apartment from his Sunderland days. He still had it and rented it to me.
“Paul Munro came up to help me. He had his own business and he wanted a bit of change to do something different.
“That November we were actually driving back with the van loaded up and we thought, what a great job this has been.
“We spent the best part of 18 months researching it. We’ve done a lot of homework and preparation.”
They leased their first van last November and Munro set up their first contracts in readiness for Spink hanging up his goalie gloves in May.
He left his latest coaching role at Bristol City by mutual consent and acquired a second van to get on the road and start making deliveries.
“We’re members of a courier website, work gets transferred around and that’s how we get most of our orders,” said Spink, who also played for West Bromwich Albion and was a coach at Birmingham City.
“Unless it’s a two-man job, predominantly we do it on our own. We’re open to anything. We do a lot for the motor industry in partnership with GBA Services who are a market leading international express logistics company.
“They put work in for us from factory to factory often to a prestigious Birmingham based automotive company. I’ve only been doing it for a month and I’ve been to Scotland twice, to Newcastle I’ve been to Berkshire, Norfolk, every corner of the country.
“I absolutely love it.”
Spink is used to putting the miles in from his days commuting from Sutton Coldfield to Sunderland and driving around the country to scout players.
“In my coaching career especially I’ve always kept my base in the West Midlands,” he added.
“With Steve Bruce at Wigan we were always in his big Merc going back up and down. At Sunderland we had apartments, but I’d go home on my day off, so I’ve always driven. I love driving and I’m loving it now just as much.
“At the moment Paul and I want to maximise our time on the vans and then there’s areas that you can push into where you can sub-contract work out yourselves.
“It depends how far you want to expand, For me I want to be successful and we’re really going to work hard at it.
“But I want to be able to shut the van down on a Friday night and say ‘I’ve got a weekend free now’.
Munro admits Spink is far removed from the perception of footballers being prima donnas and is prepared to graft for the business.
“Nige likes to get stuck in,” he said. “People sometimes ask if it is THE Nigel Spink and when I explain that it is they seem to like having a former football favourite lugging boxes around for them.”
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