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Rob Jones, Paul Ince, John Scales, Jamie Carragher, and Michael Owen, whose antics were also scrutinised as being of the "Spice Boy" stereotype due to association with their team-mates.
The Liverpool team of the 1990s seemed to epitomise all the negative combinations of fame and fortune, and because unlike others, were a talented crew with top level potential in the game itself, were criticised for underachievement, and emerged as the face of the label; thus bearing the brunt of the innuendo.But it didn't bother me personally as I was playing very good football at the time...When we finished third and people saw us having a laugh and a joke, they thought we didn't care.Criticism stemmed from perceptions forged in the media about the Liverpool players of the time.Steve Mc Manaman and Robbie Fowler gave raunchy "birds, booze and BMWs" interviews to magazines like Loaded which went down poorly with the media, who labelled them as "scally" and "hedonist" characters shortly after.The comparisons to the Spice Girls largely emerged in 1996, aided by unfounded tabloid rumours that Fowler was dating Spice Girl Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) and after which, the Daily Mail coined the term, which then became synonymous with Liverpool F.
C.'s team of the time, with all the other newspapers following subsequently in using the term.
Nowadays, when you finish third, everyone is thrilled to bits...
Everyone's excited about qualifying for the Champions League.
But Mc Manaman argued that he was not doing so to change public perceptions about him, but that the public had gotten the wrong perception of him and Fowler because of the Loaded interview in the first place.
Mc Manaman argued that the interviewer (for Loaded) gave the impression that he had spent an evening on the booze with the players and they had confessed to a life of hedonism.
Mc Ateer did commercials for Head & Shoulders, and together with Redknapp, appeared in Top Man catalogues, while James also became an official Armani underwear model in 1997.