Thursday, October 19, 2006

Addicks to face ex Gee Gees keeper

Just imagine the scene: John Window's nags put out to graze at The Valley. But it would be no problem for the equine magnate if he lived in Warwickshire as, at least until recently, horses grazed on the Racing Club Warwick pitch until a couple of hours or so before kick off.

Now things are looking up for the Polymac Services Midland Alliance club. Social inclusion money should provide them with a double decker cantilevered stand for their eighty regular supporters, while a Warwickshire version of the Rickshaw has been funded in terms of a fleet of taxis which will provide a 'Racing to Get You There' service.

They were also helped by the sale of keeper Ben Foster to Stoke City. Although he was initially third choice keeper there, he caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson and was signed by Manchester United, the Gee Gees taking a cut of the proceeds. He was then loaned out to Watford where he played a key role in their promotion campaign and he has remained there this year. Racing Club spent some of their money in hiring a Spanish coach, but are still lurking in the lower reaches of the Midland Alliance.

The Leamington born and former North Leamington School pupil (our children went there) initially worked at Cafe Rouge while he was between the sticks at Racing Club.
He has come on by leaps and bounds while at Watford and Dean Kiely rates him one of the most promising young English keepers. So we shouldn't expect any favours from him on Saturday. However, it would be particularly humiliating to be defeated by a team whose keeper was formerly with the Gee Gees. Leamington fans are already anticipating the Boxing Day all ticket clash at their ground.

Leamington, by the way, are ten points clear at the top of the Midland Alliance, the reverse of Charlton's position.


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