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Paul Mariner memories.....share away
at 08:45 10 Jul 2021

When I was about 8 years old, it was announced that PM, Warky and Terry Butcher were signing autographs at Solar in Sproughton Road one Friday evening.

Myself and my dad approached down the aisle they were in and I could see Russell Osman was there too so I was doubly excited another Town legend was drafted in. Directly in front me sat a man with his back to me sporting dark, wavy locks and without really looking, I opened my autograph book and said (politely as briefed by my dad) "Can I have your autograph please Mr Wark". When I looked up, it wasn't John Wark but the photographer instead and Russell had been dragged in as a replacement.

Mariner nearly fell off his chair laughing then regained his composure and said "Mr Wark's not here but I'll sign your book for you". I got his signature again a couple of years later, in a birthday card as by this time he was the club captain and therefore Junior Blues president.

I was a bit young for his stellar years here and am finding it hard to pick out individual moments from those early games I went to, but always remember him just being the go to man up top. And looking an absolute nightmare to play against.

By the time I was fully able to appreciate him, he was soon to be on his way to Arsenal for peanuts.

RIP Paul. Thanks for everything and hope England can provide a fitting tribute tomorrow.
[Post edited 10 Jul 9:55]
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GEEETTTTT INNNNNNN (n/t)
at 22:11 7 Jul 2021

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Matter of time surely. (n/t)
at 22:06 7 Jul 2021

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All very frenetic. (n/t)
at 21:19 7 Jul 2021

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at 20:46 7 Jul 2021

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at 20:30 7 Jul 2021

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Due a semi-final win aren't we? Surely.
at 23:38 6 Jul 2021

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Another cracking shoot out then! (n/t)
at 22:35 6 Jul 2021

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Fabulous finish that (n/t)
at 21:17 6 Jul 2021

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at 19:36 2 Jul 2021

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at 22:34 29 Jun 2021

the team who got through the group stages as the only team to qualify with 3 points, and have now just been involved in a 120 minute bruise fest.

It's almost too good to be true. Please just get the job done England.
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Wow. That was a lucky escape. (n/t)
at 18:38 29 Jun 2021

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GOOOALLLL (n/t)
at 18:32 29 Jun 2021

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Predictions then?
at 16:47 29 Jun 2021

Eng 2-1 aet.
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at 22:45 28 Jun 2021

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Great camera angle to the side of the penalty taker. (n/t)
at 22:42 28 Jun 2021

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This is starting to remind me of that FA Cup Semi Finals day all those years ago
at 21:49 28 Jun 2021

Man U v Oldham
Palace v Liverpool

Loads of goals, great drama.
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Oh yes!! (n/t)
at 21:48 28 Jun 2021

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Town signings that exceeded expectations
at 21:07 28 Jun 2021

It's fair to say that Matt Penney has been the signing so far that has generated the least excitement so far this summer. That is of course, not to say he can't go on and prove himself a shrewd signing, though from maybe being more of a squad player to begin with.

It's got me thinking though, which signings in ITFC history have gone on to have a much bigger impact than first thought when they joined. Tarrico is the one that springs most readily to mind.

Any others?
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What on earth??
at 17:20 28 Jun 2021

Gunn/Ullathorne tribute moment.
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