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12 December 2011 10:27 Post ID: #230318
Obviously today is gonna be a dour one as we take in the news of one of the forum's best ever characters sadly passing away.
Some have met him, some have not but what can't be denied is the contribution he had in life towards NUFC blogs and forums. He will be greatly missed by many.
I suppose my best memories of him are his great articles and reviews of a game in which he added his own style of wit and realism but also his never ending campaign to find the fan in the old east stand who he referred to as 'Kenny Everett' hence his avatar he used for ages.
In his final months, who can forget his account of his plight in hospital with a comical view of his stay. The thread entitled 'Ward 54' brought laughter as well as a sad truth that he was ending his days by staying humorous to the last.

So long BBM, gone but never forgotten.
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12 December 2011 10:30 Post ID: #230319 - in reply to #230318
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12 December 2011 10:47 Post ID: #230322 - in reply to #230318
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Who can forget his 'roll neck cardigan' and lust for a tasty blazer?
Thing about him was, he just landed in to this place and started cracking away and taking the piss. Quality bloke.
Still gutted I missed the night out with him, his pal and PM after the QPR game a while back.
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12 December 2011 10:58 Post ID: #230323 - in reply to #230318
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So many good memories!

Chasing each other round Barnsley trying to meet up for the first time.A real Keystone Cops performance.
3 men in one Travelodge Bed for the full Qpr experience.
Nearly bringing the ceiling down in Beyond after getting Promotion.
Celebrating like mentalists in Level 7 during the 5-1 game.

A cracking sense of humour & the delightful ability to make fun of himself.
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12 December 2011 11:05 Post ID: #230324 - in reply to #230319
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Toon_NoMatterWot - 12/12/2011 10:30

A reminder of his style.

Quality till the end.

http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.a...

I clicked on that link, read the first line or so then checked by his avatar to see if he was online or not. This all seems very very wrong and unfair.

His personality shines through in his posts. Even taking the piss out of the guys around him, he does it in a warm and caring way. It's only 18 months since I first met him (in the real world) but it feels much longer. He seemed to make a positive impression on everyone he met. I'll really miss him.

It's hard to believe he was holed up in a hospital bed for 3 months feeling as sick as a dog the whole time, and being so incredibly ill. He must have been strong as an ox.
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12 December 2011 11:11 Post ID: #230325 - in reply to #230318
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Pink IPA in the town wall , thought I was spewing blood the next day after spurs last season .
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12 December 2011 11:14 Post ID: #230327 - in reply to #230318
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His thread about the 2-2 draw at Boro, when we were 'kept back' by the police and the police horse was barging into him.
Losing his wallet and some twat using his credit card.
Changing job and trying his hand at working for himself.
And sadly, when he confided in us when he couldn't shake off the lethargy and tiredness he had after a bout of what he thought was flu.
I for one will miss your stories and banter.

Edited by Mcnamee67 12/12/2011 11:16
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12 December 2011 11:47 Post ID: #230332 - in reply to #230318
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Never met the fella but felt like i knew him, i remember sponsoring him for a charity bike ride last year and if i remember correctly it was for a heart charity. I used to look froward to his posts and he had a very good writing style, he also came across as witty and someone who didn't take himself too seriously. My heart goes out to his wife and child and of course all his family and friends it puts the Norwich result in perspective, Shankly once said football was more important than life and death but he was wrong. It is funny how you can mourn the passing of someone who you have never met in the flesh but i truly do feel sad at this news.
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12 December 2011 11:53 Post ID: #230335 - in reply to #230318
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Robson Green

Girl down in london told him he was like a handsome Robson Green.
Never heard the end of it.
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12 December 2011 11:59 Post ID: #230339 - in reply to #230318
His tour de funk diary plus his regular accounts of his job got many a chortle from my end..

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12 December 2011 12:04 Post ID: #230340 - in reply to #230318
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His many posts from 'trap 3' and complaining about getting a warm toilet seat.
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12 December 2011 12:14 Post ID: #230341 - in reply to #230318
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His obsession with hating peanut butter sandwiches comes to mind,and his free drinks machine at his office.
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12 December 2011 12:17 Post ID: #230342 - in reply to #230318
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The one & only original creator of Pardish.
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12 December 2011 12:23 Post ID: #230343 - in reply to #230318
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The barmaid who I thought looked like Amy Winehouse from the forth with the tats , and the insistence that we stood as close to bar as possible .
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12 December 2011 12:39 Post ID: #230345 - in reply to #230318
A big miss on here

Edited by thecorner 12/12/2011 12:51
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12 December 2011 12:44 Post ID: #230346 - in reply to #230318
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The first time I met him I was standing in the pissing rain for about 10 minutes as I had a ticket for him for the QPR away game. I remember half joking you owe me one for this pal, but he was so grateful, I never mentioned it again.

Had a good day out in Durham with him and his pal John when we played West ham away... Managed to persuade them to stay out for a few extra pints. Was a great day.

Like p_m said last night, it feels like 5 minutes since we were watching the Arsenal match together. That was only two weeks before he got taken in, and he must've been ill then, but never mentioned it once.
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12 December 2011 12:48 Post ID: #230349 - in reply to #230342
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poisoned_monkey - 12/12/2011 12:17

The one & only original creator of Pardish.


As nice a fella as he was, I'm afraid we can't give him that one.
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12 December 2011 12:55 Post ID: #230353 - in reply to #230318
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Ive just this moment found about this, so it han't sunk in it. I never met him but I'm not being dramatic here about saying he was one of the reasons i posted in here, always funny whitty and new his football. I'm sure more memories will come flooding back bur right now. His laugh out loud contributions to the tino meltdown thread, his soppy music threads when he was working away and missing his family, his perving in the forth, his constant ribbing he'd give me via messages for not wanting to meet up, those nights on FIFA
All stick out now.
Such a sad loss
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12 December 2011 12:58 Post ID: #230354 - in reply to #230318
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This time last year, the christmas elf vid at work.
He was such a happy, friendly lad
Gutted
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12 December 2011 13:01 Post ID: #230355 - in reply to #230318
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A good footballer himself (by his own admission) "textbook" as he called himself
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12 December 2011 13:01 Post ID: #230356 - in reply to #230354
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st-pedros-basin - 12/12/2011 12:58

This time last year, the christmas elf vid at work.
He was such a happy, friendly lad
Gutted


I'd forgot about that, was brilliant.
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12 December 2011 13:13 Post ID: #230358 - in reply to #230332
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Bruce68 - 12/12/2011 11:47

Never met the fella but felt like i knew him, i remember sponsoring him for a charity bike ride last year and if i remember correctly it was for a heart charity. I used to look froward to his posts and he had a very good writing style, he also came across as witty and someone who didn't take himself too seriously. My heart goes out to his wife and child and of course all his family and friends it puts the Norwich result in perspective, Shankly once said football was more important than life and death but he was wrong. It is funny how you can mourn the passing of someone who you have never met in the flesh but i truly do feel sad at this news.


Ditto - 100% right and well said Bruce and Platts and SPB, TNMW and all others.
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12 December 2011 15:24 Post ID: #230369 - in reply to #230318
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I never had the privilege to meet him but my abiding memory is the charity bike ride he did and his gentle cajoling of us all to support him. I'm so glad that I did and if there were more like him on this planet it would be a richer and fairer place in both spirit and deed.
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12 December 2011 17:00 Post ID: #230383 - in reply to #230318
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a few things stand out

on the board, his vision in seeing something in guthrie that few others could grasp and his unashamed defence of any cock up he made was inspirational.

memory that jumps into my mind is i'm sure i saw him in the forth and just never got the bottle to say hi. of course, there's no way i could ever be sure that the tweed blazer wearing guy i took for bbm was actually him, nevertheless i'll regret never meeting him even more for that spurned chance.

probably a lesson in it, if i ever see a stranger with straws up his nose who keeps talking about taps and basins i'll dive straight in with a shout across the bar of "is that you poisoned monkey?". fuck it, what's the worst he could say back?*










*"yes", probably

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12 December 2011 17:26 Post ID: #230387 - in reply to #230318
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Hang on, Guthrie is still shit.
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12 December 2011 17:34 Post ID: #230388 - in reply to #230318
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bbm will haunt you to fuck for that
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12 December 2011 17:34 Post ID: #230389 - in reply to #230318
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bbm will haunt you to fuck for that
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12 December 2011 17:40 Post ID: #230391 - in reply to #230318
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The great thing about bbm was his his ability to lighten the tone in heated threads, he'd pop in with a comment and work his way into it with some quality humour.
I was in two minds to post that guthrie response, but thought it was in the bbm spirit.

Indeed, he'll be looking down now, itching to put me in my place over guthrie. The baldy bugger
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12 December 2011 17:42 Post ID: #230392 - in reply to #230318
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Top notch, pedro.
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12 December 2011 17:46 Post ID: #230394 - in reply to #230318
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aye pedro you're not wrong.

i don't think wouldn't want us on eggshells and i reckon he would hate to be the cause for a lack of banter.


still cut up about it. i'll be in the pub if anyone needs me



Edited by rabit71 12/12/2011 17:47
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12 December 2011 18:28 Post ID: #230405 - in reply to #230318
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The quote about Best being like blind man trying to pick up pickled onions with a cocktail stick still makes me laugh. And your right lads he would want us to remember him but not in a morbid way no doubt he is as we speak telling Sir Bobby where he went wrong.
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12 December 2011 19:09 Post ID: #230410 - in reply to #230318
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I'm missing the joey Barton love in we used to pollute this board with between us, already.
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12 December 2011 20:32 Post ID: #230445 - in reply to #230391
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st-pedros-basin - 12/12/2011 17:40

The great thing about bbm was his his ability to lighten the tone in heated threads, he'd pop in with a comment and work his way into it with some quality humour.
I was in two minds to post that guthrie response, but thought it was in the bbm spirit.

Indeed, he'll be looking down now, itching to put me in my place over guthrie. The baldy bugger


Nail on the head that pedro. Whilst many of us are stomping around demanding that the other person's opinion is bollocks, in many a heated debate, he just breezed in with a bagful of harmony, common sense & humour all wrapped up with respect for all. I don't think there's anyone else on the board with that ability.

It's quite an achievement to have the praises from so many lads who have never even met the guy. That says an awful lot about him. His real personality definitely shone through just from words on a screen.

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12 December 2011 20:40 Post ID: #230452 - in reply to #230318
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I seriously regret that i never got to buy him a pint but thats life.
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12 December 2011 20:51 Post ID: #230458 - in reply to #230318
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Me too Mick, he kept tempting me to meet him for a few in the forth, and although I was taken back by the offer. I never did blow my cover. Seems fuckin stupid now
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12 December 2011 20:56 Post ID: #230460 - in reply to #230318
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Had a few in his honour tonight , and I'm in floods of tears reading these ! He did love a pint in the forth , no matter how late he was running he would always text if I was down to have a pre match libation . Will have a proper send off for you on the 4th of Jan . (seems fitting 4th at the forth man u )
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12 December 2011 21:08 Post ID: #230467 - in reply to #230458
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st-pedros-basin - 12/12/2011 20:51

Me too Mick, he kept tempting me to meet him for a few in the forth, and although I was taken back by the offer. I never did blow my cover. Seems fuckin stupid now


Aye, it's quite a shame we didn't all meet up. Steve tried a few times to organise a meet for a few of us. I'm glad I got to meet him in the flesh, just mad to think that it was about a year ago and now he's gone. Can't confess to saying I knew him well at all, more's the pity, but his illness and passing has had a profound effect upon me. He will live long in my memory and I believe that is testament to the man, the 'forum friend' and the tragic loss of a dying breed, a genuine old school gent.

Cheers Steve!

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12 December 2011 21:39 Post ID: #230483 - in reply to #230458
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st-pedros-basin - 12/12/2011 20:51

Me too Mick, he kept tempting me to meet him for a few in the forth, and although I was taken back by the offer. I never did blow my cover. Seems fuckin stupid now


I wouldn't beat yourself up about it, pedro. My Mrs always said it was weird to meet people from 'the internet' and when I told her I was meeting up with PM and BBM at QPR she told me to "put a hardback book down the back of yer jeans"
Tell you what, though. I'm glad I did, it turned out a real laugh.
I was delighted to meet a couple of lads with the same sense of humour and outlook on all things NUFC.
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12 December 2011 21:44 Post ID: #230487 - in reply to #230318
Must admit I can't remember feeling as sad about someone I don't know, and i mean that in the nicest way possible. Sir Bobby maybe, which shows really the respect I had for BBM. They were more or less cut from the same cloth, and are a massive loss to everyone around them. But with like all these things, I prefer to remember the good times. And I'm sure that's what they'd have wanted.
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12 December 2011 21:52 Post ID: #230495 - in reply to #230318
It's weird meeting people from the forum as the 'pretend' people you talk about are actually real. Had a good laugh at the last game with someone from here and some of the stuff we brought up would take a lot of explaining but readers of this forum would understand..
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