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.
We recently started a feature on Jammy Toast where we list our heroes and give them the praise we feel they deserve. Following his death yesterday we feel we need to add Muhammad Ali to our list because he had such an incredible impact, not just on everyone here at Jammy Toast, but many millions of people around the world. He was a hero not just to boxing fans but to human beings who were moved by his personality and his fight for civil rights for blacks in America and his fight against the Vietnam war.
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.
Today we would like to pay our tribute to Johnny King by sharing some of the memories and players that he brought to Tranmere Rovers. Here are some of the reasons why he turned Tranmere into the team that it was in the late 1980s/early 1990s. He managed everything he achieved on meagre resources and by bringing out the best in the players he brought to the club. It is difficult to remember these days with Tranmere languishing in non-league football that once – because of Johnny King – they missed out on promotion to the Premier League three seasons on the trot. Great memories of a great man – this is our tribute to Johnny…
The whole of Jammy Toast is in mourning today for the loss of former Tranmere manager and legend Johnny King. He was more than the most successful manager Tranmere has even known – he was a legend. He was a football manager who built exciting and successful football teams and won the hearts as well as the respect and admiration of supporters. The love affair lasted long after King reluctantly stepped aside for the last time in 1996. Mainly because he left behind a legacy as a manager who, in two spells in charge of the team, won three promotions and in the second – from 1987 to 1996 – took the club from the old Fourth Division to hammer on the door of the Premier League. In his own words he took the modest Wirral club “on a rocket ride to the moon”. For many players and supporters, it was the ride of a lifetime.
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