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3 years ago today.
#1
We signed Nicolas Anelka.

Blush
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#2
I thought it would be a decent signing at the time. As did quite a few others on this board (although they probably won't admit it.)

What a wanker he was.
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#3
it was a disaster from day one ( after he banged a few in in pre season ) , glad we seem to take more care in looking at the attitude of the players we sign these days that was an expensive mistake!
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#4
(07-04-2016, 01:56 PM)P_K Wrote: I thought it would be a decent signing at the time. As did quite a few others on this board (although they probably won't admit it.)

What a wanker he was.

I too thought he might be able to provide something different and classy for us.

In the end he was just a monumental prick. 

His antic's certainly produced some discontent, f*ck' quenelle! Big Grin
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#5
I'll also hold my hands up to thinking he'd be good.

Quite ironic too that the match that caused all the trouble was his first good one for us.
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#6
Great player, could've worked out as he showed in flashes it was still there.

Sadly, he'd gone a bit mental.
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#7
(07-04-2016, 02:07 PM)Duffmon Wrote: Quite ironic too that the match that caused all the trouble was his first good one for us.

Very true. I was surprised just how poor his finishing was for us - the one thing that you would hope wouldn't deteriorate too quickly with age
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#8
Sadly he's still one of the biggest world 'names' ever to be associated with our club

up there with Kanu , Geoff Hurst , Bryan Robson and Wayne Fereday as names the whole footballing planet has heard of
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(07-04-2016, 02:12 PM)TTM Wrote: Great player, could've worked out as he showed in flashes it was still there.

Sadly, he'd gone a bit mental.

He had gone mental alright. You wonder how much of his surly, billy big bolox, quinelle flashing, fuck everybody else selfish attitude rubbed off on a young and impressionable Saido?
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#10
We'll never be able to unravel the sad tale of those days. If Anelka hadn't been such a massive disappointment and such a disruptive influence, would Clarkey have slid inexorably towards failure? Was the McDonough effect inevitable, regardless of players and performances? It was a serious wobble by JP's high standards of club management, could have undone all the progress we had made.
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