Mad Hatters?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Either Stockport’s new owners have bottomless pockets and Bury’s Ryan Lowe is so good that they’d consider shattering the world transfer record in a bid to haul themselves back into the Football League, or the Daily Star need to employ more competent and attentive proofreaders. My money’s probably on the latter.

(Apologies for the pedantry, but given that most of us work in publishing I’m afraid you just have to expect it…)

Ben is a long-suffering Newcastle Utd supporter (is there any other kind?) who co-founded and co-wrote Black & White & Read All Over, a blog that, over the course of a decade, chronicled the ups, downs, chaos and calamity of the club he has the misfortune to follow. Since the blog hung up its boots in May 2014 (note: not as a mark of respect for Shola Ameobi leaving St James’ Park), he has contented himself with sporadic, splenetic Twitter outbursts and shamefully rare contributions to The Two Unfortunates. He is currently haunted by visions of Joe Kinnear returning to the club for a third spell and pondering whether he’ll live to see another victory over the Mackems, but at least has a cardboard coathanger with Robert Lee’s head on it for consolation.


  1. County Heaven
    July 21, 2011

    I think it's been confirmed that a second bid of £150k was turned down, but County have now dropped their interest.

    The general feeling among the fans was too much for a player too old to re-sell for a decent fee. It's also possible that the new owners are grandstanding with these inflated offers that they know aren't going to lead anywhere.

    We'd all rather use the money to tempt Matt Paterson down a Division, or bring Luke Beckett out of retirement!

  2. scarf
    July 21, 2011

    Yes, I think 'grandstanding' is the correct word here. I can't see this ending well for County – best case, it's a false dawn; worse case, we're looking at a phoenix club situation. Given that we've already been down the Trust route and it didn't work, I'm not sure how successful an AFC-style club would be, either. Dark days indeed…


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