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Wanderers Ways. Neil Thompson 1961-2021


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  1. Need to go rummaging down in my cellar. See what I’ve still got.

    From my recollection…..

    Wanderers Worldwide - A5, black and white, photocopied, a lot of reading.

    Normid Nomad - A4, black and white, printed, more cartoons & images in comparison to WW.

    Now We Want Pele - can’t remember too much about it, think it had a yellow cover, black in, content - no idea.

    Here We Go Again - A5, started black and white, moved into 2 colour covers, mixture of good articles, cartoons, piss-takes, contravery, etc. Ran for 18 issues.

    Come On Feel The Wanderers - A5, 2 colour cover, similar to HWGA in content.

    Tripe ‘n’ Trotters - A5, single colour - a bit more serious than COFTW, ran for quite some time.

    White Love - A5, full colour cover, similar to HWGA & COFTW content (produced by same team).

    The birth of the internet, Chatrooms, forums, etc, made the life of the fanzine so much harder. Content would forever be out of date by the time it got printed and on sale.

    There was one A4 version of either COFTW or White Love - can’t remember which.

  2. It was tricky conditions. That’s all there is to it.

    On another night, Doyle’s not offside for the equaliser. One or two of our corners beat the first man and Santos buries a header into the net. We take our chances just after half time. And the effect of throwing on Amaechi gives us even more attacking threat. Santos only gets a yellow for a slide tackle. And we run out 4-1 winners. Happy days. And we are all clapping on the way home.

  3. Nathan Delfouneso £1,900 £98,800 30 AM R, ST England
    MJ Williams £1,900 £98,800 25 DM Wales
    Andrew Tutte £1,500 £78,000 30 DM England
    Will Aimson £1,400 £72,800 27 D C Wales
    Harry Brockbank £1,200 £62,400 22 D RC England
    Gethin Jones £1,200 £62,400 25 D/WB R Wales
    Matt Gilks £900 £46,800 39 GK Scotland
    George Thomason £890 £46,280 20 M C England
    Liam Edwards £840 £43,680 24 D C England
    Adam Senior £750 £39,000 19 D RC England
    Liam Gordon £740 £38,480 22 D LC Guyana
    Ricardo Santos £700 £36,400 26 D C Portugal
    Finlay Hurford-Lockett £400 £20,800 18 AM RL England
    Jay Fitzmartin £360 £18,720 18 AM RL England
    Ryan Colvin £280 £14,560 19 D C Austria
    Sonny Sharples-Ahmed £140 £7,280 16 DM England
  4. Player Name Weekly Wage Yearly Salary Age Position Nationality
    Xavier Amaechi £6,400 £332,800 20 AM RL England
    Declan John £4,400 £228,800 26 D/WB L Wales
    Elias Kachunga £4,300 £223,600 29 AM R, ST Germany
    Antoni Sarcevic £3,500 £182,000 29 AM C England
    Dapo Afolayan £3,400 £176,800 23 AM L England
    Eoin Doyle £3,300 £171,600 33 ST Ireland
    George Johnston £3,200 £166,400 22 D C Scotland
    Josh Sheehan £3,100 £161,200 26 DM Wales
    Kieran Lee £3,000 £156,000 33 M C England
    Alex Baptiste £2,500 £130,000 35 D RC England
    Brandon Comley £2,500 £130,000 25 DM England
    Amadou Bakayoko £2,500 £130,000 25 ST Sierra Leone
    Joel Dixon £2,100 £109,200 27 GK England
    Lloyd Isgrove £2,000 £104,000 28 AM RL Wales
  5. From an entertainment factor - would we prefer an edge of your seat 3-3 draw? Or a solid defensive 0-0 draw? Either way, I’ll be happy with a draw. But after Tuesday, I think some of those fringe players have now got their tails up and will fancy it today.

  6. Hoping for a comfortable 2-0 win, with both goals within the first 70 mins. Then I can feel relaxed to piss off early and beat the traffic. (Turning into an old fogey - flask coming soon!).

  7. On 10/11/2021 at 19:09, Horwich said:

    Hi Horwich. My dads funeral will be at Holy Infants Church, Bolton on Tuesday 23rd November at 11 am. From there we will be going to Radcliffe crematorium for 12.30pm. There’s not going to be any wake afterward as that would have been my dads worst nightmare 🤣. Please let WW know, you’re all more than welcome x

    Do we have our own wake? Astley Bridge CC? Pineapple? 

  8. Made for great entertainment. Such as shame for Jordan. It mirrored that over from Stokes last time around. If he’d have only gone for 12-14. We’d have had a final over of tense excitement. I’d have actually fancied him to bowl it out for us. I did think Moeen trundled along far too long before letting go. That probably sounds like harsh criticism. But with Morgan and Billings in the wings, I felt we lost a bit of ground in pushing on earlier.

    Well done to NZ. I just knew when Neesham came in, that he was going to use the WC defeat to inspire him and his team to a great win.

    Good luck to NZ in the final.

  9. On 07/11/2021 at 08:14, desperado said:

    Off day yesterday for England. But we still came close after an under par (especially bowling/in the field) performance.

    Shame about Roy. What do we reckon, push up Bairstow to open, bring in Billings?

    Still did enough to finish top of the group, to play 2nd in Group 2. Big game today, New Zealand just I reckon. Would rather it be them we play in the Semi, than the Indians who have just found their form.


    Called it right. Bairstow opening. Billings in.

  10. Reading the stuff on Rivals back at the very start. It was the funniest thing ever. All Bolton and BWFC related. The “Budgies in the Arndale” comment was from back then and became legendary for a while. Before long, posters started to arrange “meet-ups”, either at matches - or eventually on a pub crawl around town. And not long after, football teams were being established - a few one-off 11-a-side games against teams from other local forums - plus 2 sides from Greenock Morton that I managed to arrange games with - we still owe them a return visit!! The “Clackervalves” 5-a-side team was born soon after. And posters played. There was always a hardcore, but then we drafted in other posters from the site. We even had posters coming to watch us.

    The European away trips were obviously the cream of watching the Whites - and this site was a total buzz. “Fastest finger first” trying to book those cheap Ryanair, EasyJet, etc flights to far flung places. And whilst Neil was instrumental in arranging the more sanitised charter flights - the hardcore of posters on here always chose to travel independently at the cheapest price possible. To pay for luxuries on these trips was seen as failure. Budget flights, shit hotels, etc - that was the name of the game.

    There’s so much more to say. But meeting fellow posters to go to gigs with and to cricket matches - even England football games abroad - all because of this site. In fact, I’ve been to weddings and christenings of WW posters. And had WW posters at my own wedding.

    Neil was a miserable git! Let’s face it. He grumbled. And rightly so. We pushed the boundaries on here. How he never found himself doing a stretch inside for some of the libellous comments on here - not to mention racism, sectarianism, sexism and the likes. Thankfully, its all cleaned up now!!

    I did meet him a few times through the football. Travelled on that great Arsenal cup match coach. But I also crossed paths with Neil at breakfast networking events. He was establishing his IT business around the same time I was. Always felt like he kept his cards close to his chest. He even smiled on one occasion!

    RIP fella. A genuinely nice bloke.

  11. Mrs at work. Could be home for 2.30pm, but could be after 3pm. She doesn’t know. With that in mind, can’t make a decision. If she rocked up at 2.30 - I could still jump in the car and drive, park up and pay on the gate. Its a shame that option has been removed for a game that’s nowhere near a sellout. Anyway, that’s my excuse. Is it on any TV?

  12. Sorry to read this tragic news. Lost count of how many friends I’ve made through this website. Great times meeting up with other posters, European travels, WWs 5-a-side and 11-a-side matches, that memorable FA Cup trip to Arsenal, using folk’s trades off here, etc, etc. And not forgetting the Sportsman’s Dinners. They were legendary. 

    Thank you so much Neil for all of these superb memories that you ultimately created. Rest in peace now. Condolences to his family. Take care. X

  13. 59 minutes ago, Ani said:

    Team low on confidence , couple of injuries and suspensions have shown how thin the squad is. 

    We are a decent team, but not brilliant. We will improve in Jan. 

    But so will the teams above us. All of those who fancy their chances.

    I’m with Jules - again, Dixon does nothing for me. Looks too short. Doesn’t command his area. Doesn’t look to be instilling confidence in his defenders. 

    I would have Gilks back in now - steady the ship. And he’d be captain.

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