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Alf Tupper

Nov 4, 2009
I don't normally post, but I thought you chaps might be interested.

I attended a charity bash in London last night at which RM happened to be sitting on the table next to mine, so I took the opportunity to have a quick chat with him and this, in brief, is what he said...

He is confident that work will now start on the new stadium this autumn.
He confirmed that Bilel is no longer with the Club and that he is now back in France. Ron was also surprised to see Bilel run out onto the pitch at Wembley, as Phil Brown had stated on the Friday before the final that Bilel would not be in the starting eleven.
Regards the change in management, Ron felt that Sturrock had become "tired", which I translate to read "run out of ideas" and that Phil Brown had been on his radar for some time. No other candidates were interviewed.

Yes, I could have quizzed him further on all manner of club related issues, but it was neither the time nor the place, I just took the chance of a snatched conversation when the opportunity arose.

Apologies if this is old news.