Post by Lakeland Potter on Jun 30, 2011 9:05:31 GMT
I'm so very very sad to hear this shocking news. Winger was one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet - a lovely, quirky, warm man.
I've lost two Stokie friends this year, Big Ade and Winger, both of whom were passionate Stokies and the sort of people you just don't forget. I was proud to know them both.
My sympathy goes out to Trezza who was also a talented author and of course Jack, who I did meet on several occasions - before he became famous! I remember the day Jack broke his arm in an Oatcake occasional game in the Dome - we didn't get any hysterics from him and his dad just an acceptance that these things happen - even though it was MCF what dunnit!
I always lived in hope that one day winger would see the error of his ways and write a proper ending to "She stood there laughing" - he'll not be bothered he didn't do it though.
Goodbye Winger - the world is a poorer place for your passing.
"England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution" George Orwell
'One moment in the first half summed up the bond that exists between Stoke's players and the supporters who follow them so fervently. To an almost bullring roar from The Britannia, Liverpool were pressed further and further back into their own territory by a chasing pack of opponents and an increasing sense of panic. The crowd loved it and so did Pulis and his players.'
Winger was such a lovely bloke. I have been lucky enough to meet him and Jack many a time down the years. I first got to know him when I ran a charity football bid site and he purchased a Victoria ground crash barrier from Oldstokie, that he put at the bottom of his garden and used to lean on for quiet reflection!
Last time I saw him was at Man Utd a couple of seasons back. Such a top bloke, and someone the world will be a much lesser place without.
Winger - we'll be with you, every step along the way. Truly missed but always remembered. Rest in peace. xx
What tragic news. Loved both books I read of his. Didn't always agree with him, but that is what being a true Stokie is about - passion, putting an opinion forward, and great banter.
Minutes applause for his great work at the first Europa League home game, I think, would be a nice gesture.
Funny, that when Norwich got promoted, I thought, "that will please Foster - a nice home game for him"
Shame for his lad - the first game back after something like this is one of the toughest things I have done. Luckily, we won, we sang, I cried, but we have to be there, and 'do it' for those we have lost.
My love for my wife and even deceased relitives may one day fade away, but my dedication to my football club never will, it would be absurd to suggest it could. Moreover, it is acceptable to move house, swap your car and even your wife, but never, ever your football club. May the 4th be with you, forever and ever. Amen.