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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:42 am 
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Now we have lost Des O'Connor.

Apparently he was avery affable man, and a total Gent.

RIP Des.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:36 pm 
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Des O'Connor was a man made for television of that era, able to base an entire career on nothing more than being a nice man and being himself, likeable and easy to talk to. He made his job look easy, but that only came across because behind the scenes he put in the hard work of finding out as much as he could about his guests.

The world is a poorer place without him.

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They're dropping like flies again at the moment, aren't they? Des O'Connor, now. I'm sorry to hear he passed away yesterday.

I knew he was getting on in years but like Sean Connery, he was someone else who I'd expected to be around for some time to come...

Always good to see on television and indeed, he'll be sorely missed. I used to enjoy watching him. From what I know of him, he was a gent.

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RIP Des.

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Two deaths advised in one day... Des O'Connor and then I heard in the evening that goalkeeper Ray Clemence had died after battling cancer for many years. 72 isn't that old, these days.

World Cup aside, he won the lot. I've often wondered how many caps he or Peter Shilton have got if they weren't competing with each other.

He's someone else who always come across as a sound chap and I'm sorry to hear he's passed away. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

What a depressing Sunday that was...

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Clemence was a member at Hansbury Manor , and was regarded as a very likeable guy with no airs or attitude.

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Hamish McInnes has made his final ascent....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-55044054

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He was a cheating little bastard, but RIP to Diego Maradona.
I know most GOM hate football, but I would have loved to have seen him play in real time, rather than just highlights from the past.


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I don't understand this idea of hating football, very odd thing to hate. I am a rugby man myself, but I can see that a lot of people enjoy football, no reason to hate it.

As for Diego Maradona, he did what any competitive sportsman would do, tried to get away with it and he did. Hundreds if not thousands of such incidences occur every year, some work some don't, but it is a poor sportsman who will fess up on the off chance that a camera angle managed to catch him out afterwards. If my team scores off a forward pass I can assure you I don't go running to the ref to have it annulled.

A very good player who should be remembered as such.

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Flawed genius who will not be missed

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Sad news about Diego Maradona. He'll always be remembered for the 'Hand Of God' incident which he shouldn't have got away with and something I've never forgiven him for, but there wasn't any denying he was a great footballer.

He had his personal flaws and to a degree, I'm a little surprised he lasted for as long as he did.

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What is impressive is how good he was despite his flaws and demons. All to often we speak of flawed geniuses who achieve very little or nothing, or fail to reach the heights. Maradona reached the heights despite his problems - imagine how good he could have been if he was more professional. Or perhaps the demons helped him reach the heights.


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I remain unmoved by anyone and anything remotely connected with football. I am sure that I am not in the minority on this board.

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No matter how good they were as footballers they are always only going to be remembered for the missed penalty, the handball, kicking the crap out of the bloke in the crowd, crying because he got booked and will miss the final, etc, etc...

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:00 pm 
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There may be some oafs who imagine that by denigrating football in general they make themselves look superior, but actually they just make themselves look like the oafs that they are.

If you want to see true sportsmanship by sportsmen who are also gentlemen, then this is how the All Blacks paid their respects to Maradonna:

https://www.rugbydump.com/news/all-blacks-honour-the-late-maradona-in-emotional-shirt-presentation/

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