I have it in commission, to comfort the feeble-minded, and to support the weak. You must needs go along with us; we will wait for you, we will lend you our help, we will deny ourselves of some things, both opinionated and practical, for your sake; we will not enter into doubtful disputations before you, we will be made all things to you, rather than you shall be left behind
Very sad news for his family. For those of us old enough to remember the early 80s he was a huge part of the Robson years and England too. Mr reliable in front of goal. It seems like yesterday that he was sharing his thoughts on the matches with Plymouth.
I was devastated to see you post this on Twitter earlier Joe. Now confirmed.
I remember his home debut like it was yesterday. My favourite player as a teenager.
Paul Mariner. I’d walk a million miles for one of his goals. Paul Mariner.
“A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes that there is no virtue but on his own side, and that there are not men as honest as himself who may differ from him in political principles”.
Paul Mariner was my favourite ITFC player. If he wasn’t the best player I saw in an Ipswich shirt he was certainly close.
Skilful, good on the ground, good in the air, quite fast and being as hard as nails, hard to get the ball off. He kept fit too in an age of brutality. Mariner never hid. He faced them all and knew how to score goals too. It’s notable that he was able to play with any type of forward with ease. Whymark - scored loads alongside PM and was a great partner. Brazil - different type of player who’d never have filled his boots the way he did without Paul. He brought others into the game.
If you watch the 78 Cup Final, Woods and Geddis caused problems time after time down the sides, but Mariner was the one that took their defence apart. Willie Young and David O’Leary’s nightmare. Wasn’t the only time I saw PM take them to the cleaners either. In the semi final, he was on his own up front a lot of the time. He was man of the match.
I could go on and on about my favourite player. Suffice to say it was a total privilege to watch him play.
Thank you Paul
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