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Friday, January 27, 2006

In Robbie We Trust

Today was mostly taken up by tutorials, and a very enjoyable dinner party courtesy of my friend Maria. The real shock news of the day, however, was the return of Robbie Fowler to Liverpool - every story on the front page Liverpool website is about this, and about 30 pages of the BBC 606 messageboard too.

I'm a bit worried to be honest. He clearly passed his best - indeed, probably about 5 years ago (when we first sold him) - and bar a couple of recent goals has hardly shone for Man City. Still, he'll always hold a place in the heart of Liverpool supporters, because he'll always be a red, and his 171 goals (so far) for us include the fastest ever Premiership hat-trick.

Whether the re-union will turn out to be a good move or not only time will tell. I don't know if Robbie will figure that prominently, but he is a more natural goal-scorer than any of our other strikers (possibly bar Mellor - shipped on loan to Wigan earlier this week), so he might even teach them something on the training ground. Still there aren't many legendary strikers available on a free transfer and not cup-tied in Europe. Whatever my doubts, I've had a big grin on my face since I heard the news, and I defy any other red not to be pleased.

Our Fowler, thou art is scoring,
Robbie be thy name, Thy time has come,
Thy transfer has been done,
On a free as it is January,
Give us this day our favourite red,
Alonso will give you the best passes,
As Carra stops those who pass against us,
Deliver us the title and not in to relegation, for nine is your number,
Cisse can have fourty, forever and ever, our man.

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