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Last Updated: 02/02/12 12:29pm

Scales: during Spurs days

It's back to the bread and butter of league action this week, but who needs the magic of the cup when you've got a line-up of guests like Soccer AM!

First up on the orange sofas will be former Liverpool and Wimbledon star John Scales.

A cultured centre-half, Scales began life at Bristol Rovers, before joining Wimbledon's infamous 'Crazy Gang' in 1987.

Known for their practical training ground jokes - including lighting each other's clothes on fire! - their ability as footballers was sometimes overlooked, however, that all changed in 1988 when they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

It has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in English football history, but that didn't stop the Reds from acquiring the services of one of the players that had inflicted so much pain that day.

Six years, it seems, was enough time to heal those wounds as Scales made his way to Merseyside.

Brought in by Roy Evans, he was immediately thrust into the first team as the ex-Liverpool boss implemented a new 3-5-2 formation with the former England international at the heart of the defence.

A trip to Wembley and a League Cup final victory over Bolton completed an excellent first season and a year later he was back at the home of football - this time for the FA Cup final.

Liverpool lined up against bitter rivals Manchester United who won a forgetful encounter thanks to Eric Cantona's 85 minute strike, with the Reds' cream Armani suits earning more headlines than the match itself!

Scales returned to London the following season to link up with his former Bristol Rovers manager, Gerry Francis, at Tottenham, but was plagued with injuries during his time at White Hart Lane. A brief spell at Ipswich followed before he decided to call it a day in 2001.

His last appearance on the show was back in 2009 and we'll be finding out what the 45-year-old has been up to in the last three years and getting his view on what has been a good week for his past employers.

Super Bowl

Next down the tunnel will be a man none of us would mess with; NFL star Ndamukong Suh!

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle will be popping into the studio ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots.

The showpiece event is one of the biggest in the American sporting calendar and Suh will be giving us an insight into what to expect and more importantly which team his money is on!

Drafted by the Lions in 2010, he became one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history in his senior year at Nebraska, winning a host of awards including Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old repaid the University of Nebraska with a donation of $2.6 million in 2010, before he had even been drafted, after signing a number of lucrative sponsorship deals.

Born into a sporting family, Suh is no stranger to our beautiful game either. His father played semi-professionally in Germany, while his sister currently represents the Cameroon women's national team!

Helen and Max will be asking all the questions and they'll be finding out if he ever wanted to follow in his family footsteps, or if it was gridiron all the way!


Completing this' week's line-up will alternative rockers Spector!

You may have heard the London five-piece's track 'Chevy Thunder' during last week's Mitre Goal of the Year goal wrap, but in case you missed it click here!

Their sound has been described as somewhere "between Roxy Music and the Strokes, the Killers and Kanye West, Pulp and R&B and Frank Sinatra" but we'll let you make up your own mind on that one.

What we do know is that boys have been nominated for BBC's Sound of 2012 Poll and will be headlining a UK tour this month, before going off to support Florence and The Machine in March.

Frontman Fred Macpherson will be joined by bassist Tom Shickle and drummer Danny Blandy on the orange sofas and they'll be telling us all there is to know about them!

That wraps-up all of this week's guests, but there's tonnes more to look forward to including the St Louis Rams NFL Cheerleaders!

Plus, Franky Fryer heads to Birmingham for Away Days, West Ham midfielder Mark Noble tell us why he loves football and Tubes meets Kevin Phillips.

And there's another chance to see the Mitre Goal of the Year and Gazza tells us about Chris Waddle's penalty miss at the World Cup!

So be sure to tune in to Soccer AM, Saturday, 10am, on Sky Sports HD2 & Sky One!