Elliott Could Now be Playing For QPR!
ELLIOTT COULD HAVE GONE TO QPR
This is just one of the things Couch Potato learned when visiting Wade Elliot's first club, Bashley...
With Burnley playing Everton last Sunday, Couch Potato travelled to the New Forest to watch Bashley FC play Clevedon Town in a Zamoretto League clash, 3 tiers below League Two.
When playing there as a 19-year-old, while also undertaking a degree at Goldsmith's University in London, Elliott was carefully watched by QPR. But he ended up at nearby Bournemouth. Bournemouth played in the FA Cup at Turf Moor; and the rest is Claret history, not QPR's. Phew.
Couch Potato asked in the clubhouse who he could donate a copy of When the Ball Moves 75 to, which has Wade Eliottt on the cover... and was introduced to the Chairman. After chatting for ten minutes, as Bashley took control of a game they would win 3-2, Couch Potato came away with ample material for an article to be sent to Barnsey for consideration for the next WTBM; and with many kind words from the Chair, Gary Parsons.
Gary assured us that WTBM 75 would be kept in the club archive, wished Burnley FC would consider a friendly one day with the club whose youth system brought Elliott through his early days, and extended a warm welcome to any Claret fans who wanted to stop by.
The spacious and comfortable clubhouse offers plenty of food and drink, plus a noticeboard dominated by press cuttings of 'Wembley Wade'. They are immensely proud of him. Lots of people were interested in chatting, and Couch Potato felt especially welcome when the Bashley score came up on the SKY screen directly underneath pictures of defeated R****s departing the Stadium of Light.
Bashley is a village of just a few hundred people, and therefore, like Burnley, in a league with clubs from much bigger places. It's just north of New Milton, on the train between Southampton and Bournemouth. The New Forest National Park boundary is a few hundred yards north, and beaches are a couple of miles south, Everything you need to know about going to a game can be found on BashNet at this link:
Bashnet LINK HERE
Couch Potato really enjoyed his visit to Bashley, and encourages other Clarets to go and fill their clubhouse coffers while enjoying the warm hospitality of an impressive organisation who nurtured the talents of one of our stars.
Article provided and written by Couch Potato