The Wealdstone Raider could still enter the Big Brother house
PUBLISHED: 19:02 14 January 2015 | UPDATED: 19:02 14 January 2015
The Wealdstone Raider missed out on life in Big Brother this week – but there is no sign of his own celebrity status ending any time soon.
Raider, aka Gordon Hill, lost out on rubbing shoulders with the likes of Katie Hopkins, Patsy Kensit and Calum Best when he missed the final cut for the Channel 5 reality show.
Yet Stones’ most famous fan, propelled into the public spotlight by a YouTube clip which went viral, continues to ride the wave of his 15 minutes of fame.
His charity single ‘Got No Fans’, which reached No 5 in the Christmas charts, has now raised in excess of £30,000 and he is still packing out nightclubs nationwide performing the ditty.
There is still a possibility the 48-year-old may be a late entrant into BB, where he insists given the chance he’ll be no wallflower.
He said: “There’s still some talk about me getting into the house as they always have a few surprise celebrities going in late.
“If not, you can’t really be disappointed over something you never had, but if it does happen I don’t think I’ll be intimidated by the other celebrities in the house.
“I may be a little man, but I’ve got a big mouth.”
That same big mouth paved the way for the diminutive builder from Pinner to find fame in the world of social media during an away match at Whitehawk in 2013.
His comments, caught on camera to home supporters of ‘You got no fans’ and ‘Do ya want some’ not surprisingly led some to label him little more than a football hooligan, but while he admits he is not proud of the video which shot him to stardom, he insists nothing could be further from the truth.
“I had had the mickey taken out of me for 15-20 minutes, so I was provoked,” he said.
“It was a one-off and most people’s perception of me is I’m an underdog and the British public love an underdog. They never want the favourite to win, but are behind the little guy and fortunately for me I’m a little person.”
Hill has supported Stones since 1978 and was at Wembley for their FA Trophy triumph in 1985 – an occasion he still labels his greatest as a fan.
He lost contact following the death of one of his sisters, but he is now back in the fold at The Vale, a place he sees as far more than a football club.
“Football was the last thing on my mind for a few years when my sister was ill, but Wealdstone brought me back in love with the game because to me it is a family,” he said.
“I can come here when I’m really down and they will pick me up and look after me.”
Perhaps that helps to explain why Wealdstone Youth FC are one of the beneficiaries of his fundraising.
Hill’s interest goes beyond unearthing the next footballing gem to counteracting the gang and bullying culture he has stood accused of promoting.
“We might find the next Vinnie Jones or Jermaine Beckford, but I want Wealdstone to be about more than football,” he said.
“I want it to be the hub of the community – a place where people can go instead of hanging around on the street and getting into gangs.
“It may not be an enormous problem around this area, but even one kid being involved in it is one too many.”
Of course this celebrity has a few Wealdstone idols of his own, listing all-time record goalscorer George Duck, Richard Jolly and ex-England man Stuart Pearce as his top three.
He was thrilled to be photographed with Duck at Saturday’s 3-1 FA Trophy defeat to Bath.
“It was a great privilege for me,” he adds. “I’ve had one taken with Jolly too, which just leaves Stuart Pearce to complete the hat-trick.
“So if he ever wants to phone me sometime I’d be happy to have a photo with him.”
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