The pair met at London’s Turnham Juniors, and Ian remembered he was a mischievous eight-year-old who had been sent out of the classroom to stand in the corridor.
He explained that Mr Pigden had advised him to take football seriously and gave him responsibility.
Before he headed into I’m a Celeb last year, Ian unveiled a commemorative plaque dedicated to his beloved teacher.
Fans of BBC’s Dan know he’s a sucker for a heartwarming story, so it’s no wonder this one made him tear up uncontrollably – we feel you Dan!
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