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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]
|Quarter Final against|
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.
|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.
|What on earth??|
at 17:20 28 Jun 2021
Gunn/Ullathorne tribute moment.
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