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Skuse: Calls To Elderly Fans Nice to Do and Refreshing
Friday, 3rd Apr 2020 10:55

Blues midfielder Cole Skuse says he’s enjoying ringing round Town’s elderly fans to catch up and check on how they’re doing during the coronavirus lockdown.

TWTD reported last Saturday that the players, coaches and off-field staff were calling supporters aged over 70 during football’s hiatus.

“I had lovely conversation with a very young lady, she was 80, this morning. We had a good 20-25-minute chat,” Skuse, who turned 34 on Wednesday, told the club’s FaceTime Friday feature.

“A few of us have been ringing round a few of our more senior season ticket holders, just touching base, seeing how they are, seeing if they’re missing the football, asking for their opinions on the football, their thoughts on the situation we’re currently in.

“It’s nice. Like I say, it’s only 20-25 minutes of my time and it’s quite refreshing to hear a different voice rather than my wife shouting, telling me things to do.”

He added: “It’s nice to hear a different opinion as well. Val, she was telling me where she sits and her view of the game and she was giving me a breakdown of what the team should be, her preparation leading up to a game. It was quite an insight, we were going back as far as her first game, the games she’s seen, the people she’s met.

“Like I said, it was a really interesting conversation and I’ve done a few of them now and I’ve been sent a few more numbers to contact a few more people. It’s nice to do and it’s refreshing.”

Skuse also talks about his home fitness regime while away from the club and paid tribute to NHS staff and key workers.

"I'm definitely speaking on behalf of everyone under our roof in that we are eternally thankful for all the work they have done and continue to do. It's remarkable," he said.

"My eldest daughter's homework has been to design a poster saying thank you to all the key workers and people in the NHS and it's very good. It's a nice thing to do.

"As everyone around the world knows, they've been working overtime and more to try and keep as many people as possible safe.

"I think we should all be immensely proud of what they are doing. When we went outside to do the minute's applause for the NHS last week, it was actually quite emotional.

"Everyone's been inside because of the lockdown and houses can get very quiet, but then you open the door to people clapping and cheering.

“Everyone's doing it from their own space and at a distance but you can still feel the togetherness. It really was incredible and the least we can do is say thank you.

"My younger two weren't really aware what was going on, they were just trying to make as much noise as they can, but Ava my eldest daughter found it emotional too. It almost felt quite surreal.

"Like I said, we know as a family the importance of the NHS and have a lot to be thankful for. My wife is type one diabetic and has been in hospital on a few occasions, while we also do the Christmas visits with the club each year. We experienced their work first hand when we had our children as well, as we had to spend a bit of time in hospital then.

"Everyone should be grateful for what the NHS and key workers are doing and I speak on behalf of the Skuse household when I say 'thank you'."

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ITFCsince73 added 12:43 - Apr 3
I know a lot of supporters, season ticket holders have been trying to contact the club this week with no luck. Season ticket holders who had money taken from their bank, for a service not received.
Supporters wanting refunds for tickets purchased, for games not taking place.
The club it appears don't want to speak to above people.
Just happy to keep dishing out this spin of players doing good deeds, while still collecting their over inflated pay.

Northstandveteran added 12:48 - Apr 3
Perhaps you could discuss your concerns when you get your phone call 73?


ITFCsince73 added 12:54 - Apr 3
NSV. I count myself lucky not to have been taken for a ride over this.
I know 3 Town supporters who have. 3 who can't afford to lose the money right now.

ITFCsince73 added 13:01 - Apr 3
Although NSV I'd like a phone call from Skuse to give him a piece of my mind.
And it wouldn't involve his inability to play football.

BillyBaxterwasbest added 13:15 - Apr 3
73 are you on another planet?

ITFCsince73 added 13:27 - Apr 3
Yes Billy. Planet lockdown.

Northstandveteran added 14:22 - Apr 3
Go on 73! 😁

Give it some mate!

I'm interested what you would say to Skuse should he call.

Pray tell.....

pazzy added 14:25 - Apr 3
there are worst things to worry about at the moment

big_gaz67 added 14:27 - Apr 3
ITFc since 1973. Those of us who pay for season tickets monthly have been given an interest free loan for several seasons now. Why should we benefit by not paying the last loan payment when those who paid up front for there season tickets are not given a 1/12 refund?

ITFCsince73 added 16:07 - Apr 3
NSV. I'm sure I'd say the same as millions of other supporters.
Give up some of your pay, like everybody else has.
It's not the tax payers responsibility to pay off field staff.
While players still take 1000,s each week.
And the owner has 100,s of millions of pounds. It's a scheme for legitimate businesses who were on a sound financial position pre Covid. Certainly not for tax dodger owners, and clubs like Spurs, with their vast wealth.
It takes the biscuit to supporters, 90% being or has been a tax payer.
And will take years to repay.


Northstandveteran added 16:12 - Apr 3
Lovin it 73 👏

londontractorboy57 added 20:26 - Apr 3
itfc73 if my cash and asset balance is anything to go by i should think Mr Evans is a lot poorer now than 3 weeks ago.
Still less alleged tax dodging to arrange.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 06:46 - Apr 4
Skuse is a genuine bloke trying to do a good deed. If you're knocking him, you're aiming in completely the wrong direction. There are plenty of better targets.

Dissboyitfc added 10:28 - Apr 4
Itfc73 do you have to put a negative perspective on every thread? There will be many of the old people and lonely people that have received calls that will have been lifted by these calls. A friend of my brother received a call on his birthday, who by the way is suffering and very poorly with this evil virus, gave him a big lift. What are you doing in the local area to give help and or support to those less fortunate or lonely? I maybe wrong and feel free to correct me, but given you like to bring everything down I expect the answer is very little.

This story is nothing to do with the football and or Skuse as a player, it's about Skuse being a caring human being.

Nothing else!


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