Peter Crouch paid Kev the kitman '˜Â£60 a week' to do his washing at Portsmouth

Former Pompey striker Peter Crouch has admitted to paying the club's legendary kitman '˜sixty quid a week' to do his washing for him.Â

Monday, 24th September 2018, 12:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 2:52 am
Peter Crouch during his Pompey days. Picture: PA

The ex-England international played 37 times for Portsmouth during the 2001-02 season. 

And Crouch has been looking back at his time on the South Coast in his new BBC 5 Live podcast. 

That Peter Crouch Podcast features the goal machine reflecting on his career as a professional footballer - alongside Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark. 

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It debuted last week and he made the claim that he '˜invented Come Dine With Me' while playing for Pompey. 

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In the latest episode, Crouch and his co-hosts discussed kitmen at football clubs, including Pompey's legendary Kev the kitman. 

He said: '˜We had one at Portsmouth who was a character, Kev. He was an ex-boxer from Wales and he was brilliant. 

Peter Crouch during his Pompey days. Picture: PA

'˜At Portsmouth we weren't well off at that stage, the club, and we had to wash our own kit, that was in the early days. He would charge us. 

'˜I was a single lad on my own and hadn't worked a washing machine in my life. So I used to give him the kit and give him sixty quid to wash it a week, I think. 

'˜Sixty quid a week I used to pay him. What he used to do, I hadn't realised, he'd charge a few of the lads and then just used to give it to the ladies in the laundry room.' 

'˜Big' Kev McCormack has been Pompey's kitman since 1998 and earlier this summer some of the first team squad had to box him during the pre-season tour of Ireland. 

Kev, a former heavy-weight boxer, is a three-time ABA champion and was the flag-bearer for Wales at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Dion Donohue, Tom Naylor, Louis Dennis, Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess were the unlucky players who had to box Kev after losing a football tennis tournament.