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Unfashionable childhood heroes


The Font of all Knowledge
Nov 2, 2008
I love the doom and gloom as much as the next person, but just to get away from it for a moment, I was reminiscing over old players earlier, and wondering if anyone had any old favourites when they were younger/first started going to The Hall, that were/are deemed as fairly unpopular, or downright awful.
The key point to this, is when I first started going to Roots Hall, I was about 8 or 9 years old. I didn’t pay attention to, or comprehend things like league tables or form guides.

Formations & tactics didn’t mean **** either. I was just a young kid, who looked forward to seeing my favourite players, irrespective of other fans opinions of them.

So, to start off, I used to love Paul Byrne, which all stemmed from his thunderbastard strike against Norwich in the late 90’s, IIRC.

I get the sense he wasn’t overly rated at Roots Hall, but to me, he was a hero at that time.

Andy Thomson was another one. I used to think Thommo was a footballing god for some reason, and could never understand why my old man didn’t get as excited about him, as I did :Hilarious:

I remember seeing Ken Charlery play literally once or twice, and thinking he was even better than Thommo!! I was devastated when I found out he’d gone to Luton(?)

Oh and megalols to the first person to link the thread title, to a joke about dress sense.