Ex-Premier League star unrecognisable as he appears in court with dreadlocks

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Former Premier League striker Chris Armstrong looked unrecognisable as he appeared in court on Thursday with long dreadlocks and a beard.

The 50-year-old ex-footballer made over 200 appearances in the Premier League for Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur during the 1990s and early 2000s.

However, the 50-year-old looked completely different from his playing days as he was pictured arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

Armstrong admitted to smashing up a local Tesco because he was unable to buy cigarettes and also to charges of assault by beating and criminal damage, with a sentencing date set for March 1.

During his playing days, Armstrong almost exclusively had short hair or a shaved head, sometimes pairing it with a light goatee as he terrorised defenders.

Therefore, his appearance as he arrived at court may have shocked some fans as he donned shoulder-length dreadlocks and an untidy greying beard.

17 years on from hanging up his boots, Armstrong is now unrecognisable from his 1990s prime, when he received an England call-up from Kevin Keegan.

Although he never played for the Three Lions, Armstrong did appear for England B on one occasion back in 1994.

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Armstrong started his career in Wales with Llay Welfare and Wrexham before moving to Millwall.

His form for the Lions earned him a move to Crystal Palace in 1992 and he went on to score 23 goals in 76 appearances for the club before moving to Spurs in 1995.

At the time, he was Spurs' record signing, costing the club £4.5million which he repaid with 51 goals in 155 appearances across the next seven years.

Following a spell with Bolton Wanderers and a return to Wrexham, Armstrong retired in 2005 aged 34.

The same year he joined Spurs, Armstrong became the first Premier League player to fail a drugs test after testing positive for cannabis.

He has also previously appeared in court, admitting to possession of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy back in 2016.

  • Premier League
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