It’ll Be Off


Tommy Turner
December 1, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: News, Transfer tittle-tattle | Tags: , ,

I see the Non League Today are still calling Kyle Wilson ‘Karl Wilson’. Which is fine by me. One day soon someone will come knocking to try and secure the services of Karl Wilson, and we’ll be able to fob them off with some ringer, and allow Kyle to continue scoring a worryingly high percentage of our goals.

And while Kyle has broad enough shoulders to carry this burden, it still has me waking up in a sweat at the thought of him getting injured. Where, then, would the goals come from? Margy pointed out the other week that the search for a new striker was ongoing, but the high cost of these players was making it difficult to secure anyone.

Rhys Hardie, Margy reckoned, was the sort of player we should be looking at. Hardie had an exceptional record at a lower level, would be keen to make the step up to play for us without demanding the sort of money that seems to be inexplicably floating around the NPL these days.

Sadly injury curtailed Hardie’s FC Untied career before it even had the chance to start, but Margy has finally identified and signed his man, and that man is former Salford City and Bacup Borough striker Tommy Turner. Turner made his debut for FC United in the outstanding 3-0 win over Hednesford on Saturday, but Bacup’s manager Brent Peters, who has surely inversted his first and family names, was less than happy.

Under the heading ‘FURIOUS PETERS HITS BACK AT BOTH MARGINSON AND MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS’, Peters launched in to a tirade against our club for having the temerity to not only lawfully approach Turner, but once given permission to speak to him, complete the deal.

Although in my opinion FC United are playing above their level,” started Peters in his attempt to break Lancashire’s long-standing ‘Longest Ever Sentence Record’, “And are certainly not the same attraction as they were a couple of seasons ago, we cant get away from the fact that the lure of playing at Gigg Lane every other week in front of 2,000 excellent supporters would be an attraction for any player that has not played higher than the North West Counties League, with this in mind and following a meeting with Tommy last Saturday I agreed to allow Karl Marginson to speak to the lad only, either Sunday or Monday, by doing this at least it would give me enough time to source a replacement should he tell me he will be going, something to date he has not done, although after several conversations with Tommy I would say its 90% certain that he will go, at no time was permission given for Tommy to sign prior to Saturday the 29 th.”

And while I’d argue with pretty much everything in his statement (being a contrary bugger) apart from the ‘excellent fans’ bit, I won’t bother. Turner is now an FC United player, and proved his worth setting up one of Kyle Wilson’s goals in Saturday’s win.


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