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mohsniisgod

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Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?
 
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Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?

You're being too optimistic and unrealistic.
 

usa_shrimper

Coach
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883
Location
Sarasota, Florida
Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?

You might reckon he could play one more year but apparently he doesn't
 

fbm

Blue tinted optimist⭐
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Cloud cuckoo land
Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?

Sounds like the player himself doesn't think he could play another season. What we reckon is immaterial.
 

Ayrshire Blue

The Custard Splat
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Messages
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Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?


No. .............
 

Bobs your uncle

Youth Team
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Messages
272
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Southend-On-Sea
I don't think he'll be the pacey winger we all remember. I think in the games he played in for Charlton, he was used more as a defensive midfielder who could ping the long balls over the top. I'm glad he fulfilled his dream of playing in the Premier League after working his way up through the leagues and had a cracking performance for the Swans v Chelsea. Gower would be welcome back anytime at Roots Hall, but I think he will retire.
 

DTS

The Business
Joined
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In a world of my own.
Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?

If he told you his knees are done then I would personally stay well clear.
 

tia

Manager⭐
Joined
Sep 11, 2008
Messages
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One of my favourite Southend players.Think by sound of it his career looks like it could be over,but what great memories like that great goal at Bristol Rovers in 2005
 

Yorkshire Blue

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Staff member
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Messages
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Location
London
Mark Gower popped into where I work on Monday (5 mins away from Boots & Laces so was a bit suspicious, although the team are abroad in Spain!)

Instantly recognised him before asking his name.

Started speaking about football and he said he's without a club after leaving Charlton.

Asked him where he might be heading and if he had any clubs lined up, he said that no clubs had been in touch since he got released.

I joked/hinted that maybe he should come back to Southend - he laughed and said he doesn't think his knee can run anymore and he thinks he will just retire.

Also noted he was in Southend only to watch his son play - who coincidentally plays for the Under 11s youth team.

Reckon he could still play one season in League Two? Cheap wages too perhaps, as a final year before retirement? Or am I being too optimistic and unrealistic?

HANG ON A MOMENT!

That means Gower and Eastwood in the same team again:omg:

I think this u11 team is already in my top 3 all time Southend sides, alongside the 1990-91 side and any side containing Mark Bentley.
 

Shrimper

Life President
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Jun 16, 2008
Messages
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Seeing as Eastwood and Barnard's knees are/were done we might as well go for the trifecta.
 
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