Post by somersetstokie on Jul 28, 2020 8:29:42 GMT
Earlier, I posted in response to the thread title, "James Mclean's Brother" as it immediately made me think of George Weah's "Cousin", Ali Dia. In November 1996, Graeme Souness, then Southampton manager, was convinced that Dia was the cousin of FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner George Weah, which led to him signing a one-month contract with Southampton days later. Dia played only one match in his short spell at the club. He came on as a substitute in a league game, against Leeds, but was then himself substituted. He was subsequently released, 14 days into his contract.
Amazingly, Dia was signed by the Southampton manager, after Souness received a phone call purporting to be from Liberian international and then-FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah. "Weah" told Souness that Dia was his cousin, had played for Paris Saint-Germain, and had played 13 times for his country. None of this was true, and the phone call to Souness was made by a fellow university student of Dia's, suggesting that he should give Dia a chance with Southampton. Souness was convinced, and Dia was signed on a one-month contract. Dia played about half an hour of the match before being taken off, and it was reported that Dia's performance reduced teammate Matt Le Tissier to helpless laughter.
Unbelievable you would think, and then I realized that a similar thing had happened at Stoke. A couple of seasons ago someone at the club took a phone call saying that Tom Ince was the perfect Championship footballer, and that we should snap him up for a hefty fee, with the convincing argument, " he's the Son of Paul Ince ya know.. . . ."
The final between Ballymena U and Glentoran on Friday (8 pm k.o.) is easy to find on BBC iPlayer- if you have a smart TV you can watch it on that via the iPlayer App, or even re-tune it (temporarily?) to BBC2 NI if you can be arsed.
I watched last night's Semi-Final, which went to Extra Time and Pens - amazing effort from 2 x Part-Time teams playing their first "proper" game since March. The Pen Shoot-out was brilliant, too, with the Glens 39 y.o. gk saving the 19th pen to win the tie. (Of the pens, 18 of them were on target, with only one blazed over, with the 2 gk's saving 2 each.)