UK time is: 12:19:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Goodbye Mr Stubbs, and Good Riddance

Football fans love to have someone to hate. It`s often an opposition player who has been judged to have behaved badly. Take a bow Messrs Savage, Diouf and Drogba. Managers come in for a bit of stick too, when they open mouth before engaging brain. Who hasn`t wanted to vomit when hearing David O`Leary witter on about his 'honest bunch of lads' or Steve McClaren declare that his players 'worked ever so hard?'

But there`s another category of hate figure who evokes the most vitriol. Namely, The Former Player Who Has Wronged the Club. With West Ham supporters, it`s Frank Lampard. Lampard wasn`t exactly popular when he played for the Hammers, but since moving to Chelsea, the hatred has become pathological. After his sending off in last years London derby, it wouldn`t have been a surprise if the streets in the East End had been decked out in bunting and an open top bus tour organised.

Bolton fans aren`t immune to this phenomena. Much amusement is had every time Michael Ricketts fails, but the most venom is reserved for Alan Stubbs, who has announced his retirement today due to injury. Do we wish him well? Absolutely. Not.

Stubbs was a Wanderers players for six years and captained the side as they won promotion to the Premiership in 1995. He then stated that he wished to leave. Worse than that were his performances on the pitch, where he couldn`t have been less committed. By contrast, Jason McAteer, who was also angling for a transfer, continued to give 100% as long as he wore the white shirt and is thought of today with a good deal more fondness.

After spells at Celtic and Everton, Stubbs had a disastrous time at Sunderland and again showed the seamier side of his character, by slating the club who had given him employment, as he rejoined Everton. The centre back finished his career at Derby, but hardly featured due to injury.

We would like to wish Mr Stubbs a long and unhappy retirement. He`s welcome at the Reebok anytime. There`s a set of stocks with his name on them.



Message Board

To visit the message board click here. This board needs YOU to join in. If you have an existing forum you are interested in moving over to Vital, we can offer free hosting. Get in touch!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Richard McCormick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 20 2008

Time: 11:51AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good player, but a bit thick. Even McAteer, who's hardly the brightest managed to leave without offending everybody.
FrankieW
Report Abuse
20/08/2008 17:01:00

I remember when he came out & stated that he wanted to leave after we'd just beaten the champions of England, Blackburn, at home.
Big Stu
Report Abuse
20/08/2008 22:24:00

bitter much Notlob? Hahahahahaha
BomBom
Report Abuse
23/08/2008 23:46:00

Seems very unfair... so he asked to leave the club, nothing new there. Why does Diouf - a player who achieved much less - still attract such hero worship? Lampard has rubbed it in West Ham's faces at every opportunity. For me the key point is this... "Stubbs was a Wanderers players for six years and captained the side as they won promotion to the Premiership in 1995." That's all that should matter, the rest is just pantomime... see here for alternative view... http://mannyroad.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/bolton-wanderers-hall-of-fame/
MannyRoad
Report Abuse
24/08/2008 23:22:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Bolton Wanderers Articles

Wanderers Make Double Loan Swoop (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Adam Le Fondre Joins Bolton On Loan (Monday January 26 2015)

The Spirit Of The Cup (Sunday January 25 2015)

Liverpool 0-0 Bolton: Player Ratings (Sunday January 25 2015)

BWFC: Go Get'em (Thursday January 22 2015)

Liverpool vs Bolton: Q&A Preview (Thursday January 22 2015)

It's A No Go For Another Joe (Wednesday January 21 2015)

BWFC: Behind The Scenes (Tuesday January 20 2015)

Archived Bolton Wanderers Articles

List All Vital Bolton Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. robmoss2k 31
2. El Cynico 27
3. Barney Grumble 20
4. Boltongav 19
5. Nicky Crompton 13
6. Skopelos Chris 11
7. Muur 10
8. Harwood61 7
9. moonpig1 6
10. d3rks 2

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sheff Wed 1 - 2 Bolton
Bolton 1 - 1 Leeds Utd
Huddersfield 2 - 1 Bolton
Bolton 2 - 1 Blackburn
Millwall 0 - 1 Bolton
Bolton 0 - 0 Ipswich

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Cardiff 26 9 7 10 -3 34
14. Fulham 27 10 4 13 -7 34
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 25 9 5 11 -4 32
17. Charlton 27 6 14 7 -10 32
18. Reading 26 8 6 12 -11 30
19. Brighton 27 6 11 10 -5 29

Breaking League News

Wanderers Make Double Loan Swoop
Bolton : 27/01/2015 12:00:00
Bassong Plays In U21 Cup Game Tonight
Norwich : 27/01/2015 12:00:00
Millers v Bolton Preview
Rotherham : 27/01/2015 11:01:00
Sako would be given permission to talk
Wolves : 27/01/2015 11:00:00
McClaren - League Is Tight
Derby County : 27/01/2015 11:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Bogdan or Lonergan?
Suggested By:  
Bogdan 50%
Lonergan 30%
Bonerdan 20%