Friday 23rd February.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round etc.
etc. Once again we reach the end of another week during which we
have had an injury scare, Macari stepping up his search on the signings
front and then Friday brings nothing in particular. I could have
written this page days ago by revealing that Macari’s search for
fresh faces has come to naught and we are selecting a team which
will bear an uncanny similarity to the one which took the field
last week. The only positive news is that Delroy Facey has recovered
sufficiently from his gashed knuckle to resume his place in the
team tomorrow, so the team looks as though it will be unchanged
despite throwing three points away last week. Ho hum!
The rumour merchants are very busy at the moment, and as these
are rather more interesting than the sanitized news allowed to break
free of the McAlpine let’s put a few of these down so we can look
back in early May and chortle at how wide of the mark they proved
1. Dean Gorré is interesting new Sparta Rotterdam coach William
van Hanegam, so a move back to Holland looks possible. Credibility
marks 8 out of 10.
2. Town have had an offer purported to be nearing £1 million for
speedy Bristol City front man Tony Thorpe accepted by the West Country
club. Credibility marks 1 out of 10.
3. Steve Jenkins will be the next departure from the club, allegedly
interesting Birmingham (still?) and Ipswich (are you sure?). Credibility
marks 5 out of 10.
4. David Ginola has been seen in the area, and disillusioned with
life in the midlands would like a fresh challenge at the McAlpine.
Perhaps he has heard that there is a good hairdresser round here
somewhere, because ‘eez wors eet!’ Credibility marks 0 out of 10.
Most of these, if not all will be proved to be complete cobblers,
but when the McAlpine is sealed as tight as a drum you get desperate
for news even if most of it is of questionable reliability.