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Wanderers Ways. Neil Thompson 1961-2021


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  1. And to think they were totally imploding after we’d hammered them 6-0. At that point they looked a team destined to drift out of the play-offs (like Plymouth eventually did). So I guess fair play to them for turning it around. But I’m in the camp that’s going to miss their healthy away following next season…. Plus another crack at scoring a half dozen!!
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    Just hope he can teach our batters to bat. Interesting that they’ve not gone back to the gung-ho approach of Buttler for the red ball game.
  3. Do they have fountains in the Algarve?
  4. Missed some chances did Chelsea in those closing minutes.
  5. I think Dapo has looked lively as a second half sub at times and made more of an impact than from when he’s started.
  6. As with the general consensus, I also felt a draw was a fair result. It was proper end-to-end stuff at times. They looked half decent and we weren’t too far away either. Charles just needs that goal to re-ignite his season (what little is left of it). The shot he blazed out for a throw was a great opportunity, albeit an acute angle to score from. Centre back and a hard tackling general in the middle of the park would definitely be on my shopping list. In addition to securing Trafford for a season-long loan and possibly Fossey. I do worry about Declan John’s injury record. I’ve lost track of the times he’s been in or out.
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    Wigan (A)

    @paulhanley empty your mailbox pal - been trying to message you. Cheers.
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    Windies 2022

    Root needs to be relieved of his captain duties now. Not cutting it at all. Let him bat and bowl. BUT… no idea who we throw the big job to. Stokes would be an obvious one - but he’s injured more often than not.
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    Al Mather

    Posted on the other thread. But RIP to the big man. Sad to hear.
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    Al Mather

    Spoke to him the other year and gave him some print advice, suggestions, recommendations, etc. Messaged him a few times here and there. And then finally met him on the coach to Sheff Weds this season. Wasn’t the picture of health, but had a cracking sense of humour on the day. Since met him again at the big Remembrance Evening at the stadium last September. (Might have those dates wrong way round). Did so much for so many. A selfless man. A huge hole has now been created and will need some big boots to fill it for sure. RIP Al. Another Wanderer taken too soon.
  11. Promised my Mrs she can have her Tuesday yoga night back - after our run of midweek matches. She ain’t going to be best pleased.
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    Windies 2022

    Not a great start today. Very slow recovery. But great innings from the captain and Lawrence. Shame he lost his wicket at the end, deserved a ton. Party stand tomorrow! Could/will get messy.
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    Windies 2022

    Great comeback - Bairstow’s warm-up ton obviously stood him in good stead. As for the red ball reset with our bowlers. Oh dear. Not really going to plan.
  14. I rarely miss a home game.
  15. Anything less than 6–0 and I’ll be tossing my ST onto the pitch.
  16. £150k? FML. People are earning as little as that? How do they get by? Opening my eyes.
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    Windies 2022

    Wonder if the discussion started as leaving one of them out. And then it developed into, well you can’t leave him at home and take the other…. So let’s just leave them both at home. Maybe.
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    Windies 2022

    Bairstow with a ton in the warm-up match. Hopefully he’ll have a great series out there.
  19. Great job for the right person. But I doubt that person posts on this site.
  20. Get in! Went for a piss for our 2nd. Somebody had to be the sacrificial lamb. Thank me later.
  21. Ended up in a nightclub after the match. Everyone woman in the club was a prostitute. Later dawned on me, it wasn’t a nightclub! Strange experience. Woke up the morning after the game with huge bruising all up my rib cage…. That was me stopping my brother from getting a twatting from an overzealous policeman in the stadium - his crime - asking if he could direct us to our seats? It was carnage in that stadium. Legalised violence and brutality.
  22. Its nice to have some belief. A few weeks ago we were staring down the barrel of a gun. There’s no way I’d have been arsed to go to the last 2 Tuesday night matches. Arriving under the East Lower last night, couldn’t believe how packed it felt. Definitely a real feel-good factor about the place right now. Thankfully, and by total fluke, my summer holiday is 23rd May. Phew! That was close.
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    Oh, how he was waiting for someone to ask this question! YAAAAWWWWNNNNNN! Men’s Finals Day!
  24. WWDWWWD As per Horwich above.
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