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Former midfielder Luke Chadwick tells BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent about his insecurities when he was a young footballer. READ MORE:'It was eating away at me' - Chadwick on being ridiculed on TV over his appearance If you or someone you know has been affected by issues raised in this story, help and support is available at bbc.co.uk/actionline Luke Chadwick celebrates scoring for MK Dons Copyright: Getty Luke Chadwick admitted he did not want to go out when he was younger because he was ridiculed for the way he looked. Chadwick, 39, played the majority of his career at Stadium MK and was a fan-favourite, racking up just shy of 250 appearances between 2008 and 2014, but made a name for himself coming through the youth ranks at Manchester United. Making his professional debut as a teenager, Chadwick - now a coach in his boyhood club Cambridge United's academy - became the butt of jokes on BBC sports quiz They Think It's All Over because ofhis looks, to an extent he felt he did not want to go out. "I wouldn't want to go out.
I was always looking at people," he told BBC Sport. "People knew who I was because I played for Manchester United and I always assumed they'd be saying horrible things. "Being a quiet, nervous boy anyway, it sort of intensified that and maybe stunted my growth as a person "I became a picture of fun, and that was probably the hardest thing. A popular TV show - [the attention] was magnified, so that's what I was seen as by everyone off the back of that. I wouldn't watch it but then I'd get a text off someone saying 'oh you've been on that show again' as if it was a joke.
Broadcaster Nick Hancock says he is "appalled" at himself after former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment his TV show caused him. Hancock was speaking as a former host of the BBC panel show 'They Think It's All Over', which Chadwick has said he used to "dread". The show would make fun of Chadwick's appearance as he was breaking through at United and, 20 years on, the now 39-year-old has spoken about the effect the mocking had on him. "In the end, it lowers your self-esteem a lot," he told the BBC. "That's all I'm known for and spoken about – the way I looked. That isn't right." A two-time Premier League winner with Manchester United, Chadwick added of the show: "I became a picture of fun, and that was probably the hardest thing. A popular TV show – [the attention] was magnified, so that's what I was seen as by everyone off the back of that. "I used to dread it coming on the telly. I wouldn't watch it but then I'd get a text off someone saying 'oh you've been on that show again' as if it was a joke. "Obviously people were finding it funny, but it was eating away at me a bit inside while that was happening." Hancock told the BBC on Monday of his shame. Nick Hancock has apologised (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)