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Did I Sing the Wrong Words to the Song?

Wembley play off final,everyone was there even my sister. Well she wasn`t actually at the stadium because she broke her foot and couldn`t travel or walk, but via TV and mobile phones she was there too.

Owen Coyles` Claret n Blue Army, face masks, banners all to the man who had the love of a town and all its exiles too. Owen Coyle Da Da da da da and then we won! I would have kissed the man if I could have got near him, he had given me and my son inside Wembley the happiest football day of our lives. I was I think fair to say in love with the Manager.

When the parades and media rush started to subside and when it became clear he didn`t even want to go to Celtic, my loyalty to the man became total. I was 100% taken by this unique Manager that Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood had found, I listened to every word, read everything I could. I then told everyone that I would support Owen Coyle for two seasons, everything he did. If we got relegated I wouldn`t blame him, we had a very tight budget and a balancing act that would mean by the end of our Prem Debut year we would be debt free and probably own our ground again. I really could live with that, of course I didn`t want relegation but it was something I would prepare myself for. There would be then the following season for Owen to bring us back up and show the footballing world that we were now a yo-yo club. I quite liked that idea, the one that says we are building whilst cutting our cloth accordingly.

As the season got under way it was pure heaven, we had points I never thought we would have. I started to enjoy going to Prem grounds away, Stoke, Spurs, West Ham, Portsmouth and Everton were the games away I managed to attend whilst home games were a given as a season ticket holder. All my away ventures were defeats but I sang and sang and so too did 1,000s of others all accepting that Owen Coyle was one of us and trying his best.

I went to MK Dons and sang my last song for the man, I stood up with 80 minutes gone as we all seemed to do, this was going to be our time to remind him what he meant to us, looking around at the Claret faces they all said the same, just tell us you are staying and all this love has not turned into divorce. It was freezing, Owen was one of the last to leave the pitch we had waited and he did venture into our half and clap towards us, it did not look like a final gesture, I took this to heart. Driving home I convinced myself divorce papers had not been served.

Now it is Thursday and just 4 days have elapsed, I still find myself whistling Owen Coyle Da da da da then feeling sad, I`m not sure who to blame, divorce can be messy. I keep replaying all those words he told me and he told you, I find them hard to understand now. It wasn`t that long ago that I understood everything, now I know nothing. Did I sing the wrong words to the song, No they were the right words then, but it is time for me to have a reality check and remember Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood are the real heart of my football club and just maybe for a while I forgot that.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 7 2010

Time: 12:01PM

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Couldn't have put it better myself VR, nice one mate! I do hope Coyle with time on his hands and snow in the garden is reading some of this stuff!!
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07/01/2010 12:04:00

Owen Coyle? Da, da, da da turns to (think teenagerspeak) duh, duh, duh, dust.
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 12:15:00

I can't get my head round this move. Why on earth does Coyle want to leave a club on the up to join the Orcs from the North. They're a horrible little club. Arsenal have played Burnley a fair amount over the last few years and they've never failed to impress, they're a proper footballing side .... Bolton, well they just belong in the conference. Good luck is getting some stability back to your club.
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07/01/2010 12:41:00

Rocky7. who are you? You're always poppin up on the Bolton board and leaving a sly comment, and now i find you're on the Burnley boards 'givin it large' as it were. laughable. Burnley fans, you have my utmost sympathy, it is horrific losing a manager, particularly one who you have had so much faith in and have endured such highs with. But there is no loyalty in the game and that's one thing that must be taken into account. It is a good move for Bolton as it will reunite our fans and hopefully he will be able to keep us afloat this season as a consequence, hopefully we might see some attractive, attacking football, something that sammy lee attempted and failed... emphatically. I wish you good luck, something you will certainly need if you get what you wish for if your "new manager" poll in the bottom-right of the screen is anything to go off... Jewell? Really? Ouch...
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07/01/2010 13:05:00

Well said VR I only wish I could muster something up but I find my mind totally blank with a slight tinge of numbness
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07/01/2010 13:24:00

What does it matter "who am I"? I don't rate Bolton as a football club, and I don't like them either. It's my opinion and one I'm entitled to. Burnley deserve better than what's happening to them here .... maybe Bolton and Coyle deserve each other?
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07/01/2010 13:33:00

Have you been up on t'moors yet 8c8? Post some piccies!
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 13:47:00

Put one up in the we want your claret pictures CP
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07/01/2010 13:59:00

Nice one Vin I think it sums up how everyone is feeling. We really do need to show our support to both the board and team, especially now.
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07/01/2010 14:04:00

I too convinced myself VR that Coyle would be staying when he didn't go overboard applauding the Clarets fans after the game for their support. Now I just think the sod was freezing his nads off and wanted to get up to Scotland asap. The bugger didn't even know how to say goodbye properly
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07/01/2010 17:08:00

Nice words VR - sure it sums up the fellings of many, many Clarets. Looking at some of the other comments it now seems clear that robbwfc1958 could be a secret Paul Jewell fan. Wonder who our mystery man Rocky7 actually is ? Keeps turning up on Bolton's manor, causes havoc and then turns up with us making nice comments. Duh, duh, duh, duh...Rocky 7 !!
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07/01/2010 19:26:00

Rocky doesn't like Bolton because we don't roll over like a dog & gift them 3 points everytime we play their petulant wimps. We make them work for it. How dare we. Furthermore Barry Kilby didn't discover Coyle, Gartside discovered him & threw your club a bone in reccomending for the job at Burnley. The rest as they say is history & he's about to make more with Bolton.
Big Stu
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07/01/2010 19:47:00

History like the 'Fall of the Bolton Empire' you mean?
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07/01/2010 21:42:00

Big Stu was that assumption we don't roll over like a dog under Megson who you so keenly kicked out?
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07/01/2010 21:53:00

Megson rolled over far to easily - one of the reasons we kicked him out. Coyle has more fire in his belly I feel & I look forward to upsetting the big boys again.
Big Stu
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07/01/2010 23:26:00

Big Stu, you stated "we don't roll over". In your next post you stated "Megson rolled over far too easily". So which is it? Do you or do you not roll over considering both refer to the same point in time?
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08/01/2010 01:47:00

iIs Coyle a rollover manager anyway? First time it gets tough and he quits.
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08/01/2010 07:17:00

Hey Big Stu, not really sure of Megsons credentials, however I take it you have got more than 1 point on your travels, since you managed to pick up a point at Burnley. Well under Coyle you have 1 point away from home to look forward to for the rest of the season, thats if your lucky.
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08/01/2010 09:39:00


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