'He was Pep before I met Pep': Touching story of Cole Palmer's black father

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'He was Pep before I met Pep': Touching story of Cole Palmer's black father

In his coIumn for The Players' Tribune, Cole Palmer has opened up on the heartfelt relationship with his father. Jermaine Palmer used to play football as an amateur, and it was he who actually introduced Cole to the game.

"He used to sit me down on the bag of balls on the sidelines, wrapped in one of his rain jackets. I would just take it all in — the crunching tackles, the shouting, the arguing," Cole wrote.

"Dad doesn’t play anymore since he done his knee, and I don’t really remember any specific games, but he’ll tell you how good he was! To listen to him you’d think he’d had a 20-year career in the Premier League! 

"His big claim to fame was when his team made a cup final at Stalybridge. They went 2–0 down but came back to win 3–2 … and who scored the winner? Dad, of course. Not sure anything I achieve in my career — PL debut, scoring in the UCL, etc. — will ever top that moment for him!

"I don’t like admitting it to him, but Dad taught me everything about football growing up. He was Pep before I met Pep."

Left: Jermaine Palmer, Cole's father. Right: Cole with his grandfather

Cole's father has Caribbean roots: his grandpa comes from St Kitts and Nevis. That's why Palmer proudly wears St Kitts flag on his boots. It's a tribute and a sign of respect for his dad's background.

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