When former Premier League footballer Dion Dublin joined the Homes Under The Hammer presenting team, a fair few eyebrows were raised. He might have played for eight top teams and have four England caps under his belt, but what did he know about property? It wasn’t just the usual Twitter trolls who sank their claws in – even Dion’s own football buddies couldn’t resist a quip or two. “It was a surprising move for a footballer, I suppose,” he says, with a laugh. “I got a bit of stick off my old team-mates, who said things like, ‘What do you know?’ and ‘I can’t get rid of you, you’re there every time I turn on my TV.’ Even now, people still Tweet occasionally and say, ‘What is Dion Dublin doing?’ But most of it’s been in good humour.” Four years on and Dion’s still going strong, bringing cheeriness and cheesy puns to the daytime staple. It turns out he does know a thing or two about bricks and mortar: in the late 90s, he built up a portfolio of houses, renting them out to supplement his income. He now gets spotted more for his role on HUTH than his footballing… Read full this story
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