Thursday 31st August.
Itís a strange thing being a football fan. You listen to the sports
bulletins on the radio, read the back pages of the newspaper first,
yet you still never seem to know exactly whatís going on. I always
time my morning ablutions to catch the Radio Leeds Leeds Leeds sports
update, and the Town news today was that Ken Monkou had patched
up his differences with the club and been taken off the transfer
list. This version of events was also backed up by a small piece
in the Yorkshire post today, so it must be right.
Imagine my surprise when the evening paper stated that Mr Monkou
was still on the transfer list, and stressed that reports to the
contrary in some of the other media were not true. What a debacle!
However, this news is tempered by further developments in the Kevin
Big Kev who was supposed to be moving to Stockport County in a
£250,000 deal has just resumed training Ė with Town! Despite allowing
him to join Stockport on loan to permit him to play against Gillingham
the following day with the rest of the deal to be completed shortly
afterwards, he never actually played another game for them. It transpires
that he was very unwell with serious food poisoning and the interest
in the player suddenly cooled. Although he is still technically
a Stockport player because only goalkeepers can be recalled during
a loan period (a weird rule that I was never aware of) they have
failed to offload one of their players to Tranmere and, rather like
Town have developed a money spending allergy.
The upshot of all this is that Gray is back in the Town fold,
and I for one am delighted with the situation. The quicker he gets
back to fitness and back in the side the better; we need some steel
and passionate commitment in our defence.