- 6 Dec 2017
Thanks for posting this, it's full of interesting stuff. Nice to see some much love towards OUFC. And a great little paragraph on Ian Atkins!From OUFC fan Dan Church. Lots of insights into the guy and his time with us.
Thanks for posting this, it's full of interesting stuff. Nice to see some much love towards OUFC. And a great little paragraph on Ian Atkins!
Thanks for sharing! Great read. Always liked Clarkey. I do distinctly remember he seemed to be wanting to get on-side with the East Stand faithful in that Northwich game - not surprised to hear a deal had pretty much been agreed by that point!
As an aside, some great personalities were in that dressing room with Clarkey: Elvis, Beasty, Beano, Bullie, Wrighty, Clisty et al. Ol' Chippy certainly knows how to get the team chemistry right - is that missing in the current team?
Yes a great insight into his time here.
I asked Dan if he would ask Clarke what the reaction of his teammates after the own goal at Wembley.
Not surprised at all to hear that Jake Wright immediately told him to forget it and encouraged him to move on. Oh Appleton, why the f**k did you let Wright leave?!
Completely agree about Wright. He brought an awful lot to the squad even when he wasn't playing in the team. A vastly underrated contribution in my opinion.
Absolutely. I’ve banged on about it so often (so apologies) but one of the big regrets for me is that he and his family were happily settled in the county. I genuinely think he’ll be a great coach and possibly a great manager one day. He could have easily done so here as his career wound down. Much more likely to do so up north now, unfortunately.
A good read and good to see he is in a better place now with his depression.
And how about the worst manager you’ve ever played for?
“Oh no, the worst manager I’ve had, he is still in the game actually! So I can’t say anything… but it would be him!”
Bit disappointed with him blaming his gloves at Wembley mind. Had them on for five games and knew they weren't right but kept using them? To hell with sponsorship, if I was walking out at Wembley you can be damn sure I'd have the tools that make me the best player...its like going out in the Ashes with a bat from Sports Direct!
EDIT: Just read the Twitter Q and A. Chances of it being MAPP increasing!
Jake Wright was a superb player for us, however was plagued by back problems. Given the current debates about the fragility of players signed, I can’t help thinking that Jake moving on was the reasonable outcome for all concerned.Agreed here too! Letting Wright go was Appleton's Danny Bullmann moment.
Jake Wright was a superb player for us, however was plagued by back problems. Given the current debates about the fragility of players signed, I can’t help thinking that Jake moving on was the reasonable outcome for all concerned.