He signed for us on July 2nd and from the start it was hinted at that the reason he chose to come to Aggborough was because Steve Burr had promised him the Captaincy as a sweetener. This was confirmed at the sponsors evening on August 9th when he was introduced to the packed Aggborough Suite as the new captain and duly made an excruciating speech that bumbled along until it petered out in silence.
During the friendlies the signs were already there that he wasn't used to playing for a side that played football and the defence looked at sixes and sevens culminating in the second worst performance seen in years against Stourbridge. To be fair the rest of the team weren't much better either but there was no leadership from the man expected to give it and no skill either.
The worst performance came against his favourite club just two weeks into the season when he singularly gifted them all three goals and with it all three points. The following week at Dartford came the revelation that Mansfield had asked him to return to them for more money and he had accepted it.
Burr hit the roof and ejected him from the squad chosen to play in the 1-0 defeat in Kent but returned him to sit on the bench for last Mondays game against Forest Green. Since then the fans have been left in limbo wondering what the hell was going on.
Rumours started about arguments in the dressing room with players that were supposed to look up to him (ironic comment) and that he would be part of a swap deal to bring the equally unwanted George Pilkington from Mansfield in exchange. Pilkington was in a similar situation having arrived at Field Mill from Luton during the summer then finding himself surplus to requirements with only one game played.
Obviously whereas Big Ox was a hoofer in a footballing side Pilkington is the opposite and is a footballer in a team that likes to play delightfully attractive long balls over the oppositions keeper.
This could still happen sometime later today with Burr now on the lookout for a new central defender and the transfer deadline closing later on this evening. If that does happen then I'll amend this to suit.
Now it's time to draw a line under this sorry affair and continue as best we can to get us off the foot of the table. We should do that more easily now without the disruptive influence of Geohaghon and when we next play against him, that's if we ever draw a Evostik Premier side in the FA Cup, we'll give him the welcome he fully deserves for being a mercenary and a con artist.
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