Hello Toasters, I am George the bear who Mr Bearkeeper introduced to you all recently. I am here as Jammy Toast’s new Sports Correspondent with special responsibility for covering Tranmere Rovers. So what better way of starting my new job than popping over and having a word with probably Tranmere’s most famous ever player – John Aldridge, or Aldo to the initiated. On 11th July 1991, The Super White Army bagged a bargain when the Republic of Ireland international swapped the sunny shores of Spain and Real Sociedad for a return to Merseyside, only this time donning a white shirt instead of red from his time at Liverpool. A decade at one club is rare feat in football. However, John Aldridge cemented his name in Tranmere Rovers history through that very accomplishment.
As many of you will be aware we are staunch supporters of Tranmere Rovers here at Jammy Toast. For the last couple of years we have followed the club’s fight to return to the Football League, culminating in last season’s promotion back into Division Two. We have followed the club through thick and thin. We started attending matches at Prenton Park back in the 1980s when the club was in the old Fourth Division. We were there the night we had to play for our very survival needing to win against Exeter City at the end of the 1986/87 season. Gary Williams turned himself into a club legend by scoring the goal that kept Tranmere in the Football League. In the 1-0 win, he headed a goal in the 84th minute from an Ian Muir cross in front of Tranmere’s biggest home crowd for many years – 6,983. This ensured Tranmere’s survival against relegation into the then GM Vauxhall Conference, a fate which could have resulted in the end of Tranmere Rovers.
Razzi has not been himself for a little while. In fact, not since it became clear that the love of his life – Cher Lloyd – was pregnant and expecting a baby with her husband. Razzi was under the impression that Cher only married Craig Monk because of the ignominy of being in a relationship with a bear. She swore to him that she really loved Razzi and her marriage to Craig was just a front for the benefit of her fans and to protect Razzi from the glare of the being in the spotlight. However, we now believe that Razzi has a new love in his life.
Last night we all gathered around the telly to watch the match between Sutton and Arsenal, looking to see if there would be a giant-killing act. Half-way through the second half, we had to laugh when Sutton’s reserve goalkeeper and member of the coaching staff, Wayne Shaw, who is no small man, started tucking into one of the club’s pies. We could just imagine the crowd singing “Who Ate All The Pies” at him and it was a funny bit of banter. However, the Football Association are now investigating a potential breach of betting rules.
Jammy Toast was brought to its knees this morning by the news that Muhammad Ali – at this peek the most famous man on the planet – had died at the age of 74. The former world heavyweight boxing champion died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday. He was suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease. The funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.
An old friend of ours sent us a photograph a little while ago which we had forgotten all about. It features an old school photograph of a famous bear celebrity lining up for his school football team – but can you spot who he is? The famous celebrity is well known here at Jammy Toast although he is quite a bit older these days and a much “bigger” star than he was in the days of old. Can you spot him and name him?
Amemorial service will be held today at St Peter’s Church, Heswall, to pay tribute to former Tranmere Rovers player and manager, Johnny King. More than 50 former Tranmere players are expected gather to join club officials, family and friends for the service of thanksgiving. Team-mates from Johnny’s years as a player at Prenton Park together with players who featured in Rovers teams during King’s two spells as manager will be paying their last respects at the service, which begins at 1pm. The large turnout reflects the esteem and affection in which Johnny was held by the football community and Tranmere supporters alike.
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