What are the main challenges facing the new government? You mean apart from a total lack of political nous and knowledge of the real world? The central problem is the lack of true radicalism. When this country was great, we didn't have the welfare state, a National Health Service or free education. What we did have was an empire, no income tax and a fucking big navy. You don't need a PhD to work it out, do you?
suffolkstokie, my heartfelt gratitude to you for providing the Eastern News cutting of this tragic news of a man who was quizzical, humourous, easy-to-like and to admire. He was a typical Stokie, a fellow without pretensions.
We got on well and I chatted to him at Wembley and also at the Brit, before the penultimate match. Like all of us, he was so proud of the club's recent achievements, if in his typically understated way.
I happpily recall his inviting me to party, inside Carrow Road, with his Canary pals, including the enthusiastic Delia, before a match with Norwich City, a club with the same outlook and humility as ours and it was the first fixture I looked for, when they were published, earlier this month. I was looking forward to seeing him there and so soon.
After such a shocking and untimely tragedy, my condolences go to Stepen's loved ones and his many friends in East Anglia and the Potteries. Jack, you have his legacy in print and may this, together with reflections of so many interesting days together, sustain you in the difficult days ahead.
Not long come in from work and i'm absolutely stunned at the news of Stephen's death,he was always great to talk too at away games and a true fan who will be sadly missed.I always remember one game in particular against my local team Derby when all out of town Stokies had to travel to the game on a bus and got picked up at Shardlow services on the A50 and we had some great banter about me and my daughter getting on the Stoke bus rather than travel just 3 miles up the road and sit in their end,RIP Stephen and my condolences to the family.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2011 15:09:05 GMT by Deleted - Back to Top
Post by timbrownwasright on Jun 30, 2011 15:09:32 GMT
This has made me very sad.
I was fortunate enough to meet Stephen on several occasions, years ago. I posted a rant on the old Oatcake, during which I mentioned that I lived in Norwich. Stephen contacted me and we met up for a drink. I went to a few away games with him and he introduced me to several of the well known posters on The Oatcake (including Smudge in a pub in Gillingham).
I hadn't seen him for a few years (due to me not being able to make many games), but on the occasions I did bump into him (usually in away ground toilets!) we always had a quick chat.
I have just been reading the extensive tributes to Winger above and will admit to shedding a tear or two (sensitive arty-farty sort as the "authorc*nt", a term of endearment, was, he would have appreciated that!! LOL). Still finding it hard to take in........we've lost a good 'un
I've lost a son, Tony has lost a brother (as have Greyman and Mr Pink), and Sam and Tom-the-Bastard and Matt and Scott have lost a favourite uncle, and our respective families have lost a special person in their lives.
I was staying with winger and Trezza at the time, and it came as an enormous shock to us when we heard the news. There's a big hole there now that can never be filled for all of us.
My special thoughts are also with his son Jack (The Mogul - who winger adored), mum Carol, Dianne his lovely sister and her family, Bumble his beloved brother, and Arthur his dad. I'm hoping to see them at the weekend.
Thank you all for your wonderful, warm, kind words of condolence. I'm sure winger's family will take great comfort from what you have written.
Never has a cliche had more meaning than this now:
Post by brandyandcoke on Jun 30, 2011 17:24:52 GMT
writing through tears,i can honestly say i,m prouder now than ever about your "winger " and my brother.thank you all so much for your moving,honest and gobsmacked words,what a f--king tragedy.steve was my hero and idol,his books were ace and like you all say he was a truely top gent.i now understand what a pain it must have been for him (and an honour for me and sam) for him to have to come to scotland for our wedding ! i LOVE YOU big bro . our kid XXXXXXXX Brandyandcoke was the first name Steve put me on the oatcake with , when it was proboards . I just want to thank you all for your kind words . I have been a Stokie for 55 years and took Steve to his first match at the Vic . RIP my lovely wonderful son xxx Mum xxx
Post by andypleedsstokie on Jun 30, 2011 17:56:38 GMT
I was working late, waiting to go to a meeting in Leeds city centre so I thought I'd pop on the Oatcake Board to pass a few minutes before I headed off. I expected wild transfer rumours, amusing tales, and the usual banter. What I did not expect to find was this thread. At the moment I'm finding it hard to put into words what a shock this was and how incredibly sad this news is. I feel empty. My thoughts and condolences go out to all of Stephen's family and friends. I was privileged to meet "Winger" and be part of the Dender Bender PHW trip to Brussels a few years ago. That weekend will live in my memory forever, largely in part because of Stephen's fine company. We continued to remain in touch, I had the honour of helping proof read some of his work, and sharing laughs along the way. I can't say much more now, I'm too upset. We have all lost a true Stoke City hero in my eyes. RIP Winger. A "Pulis out" to you one last time. AndyP