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impsTALK.co.uk >> 2006/2007 >> Little Bobby's Broken Dreams
‘We haven’t just been relegated to the Blue Square Premier and entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement we can’t possibly afford to repay – have we daddy?’
For one young Boston United fan, the end today was comprehensive, swift and brutal.
At the final whistle at the Racecourse, and clutching his signed photo of Steve Evans’ boozy figure at Hayes in 2002, young Little Bobby Shattocks stood alone in solemn homage to his heroes - and the greatest manager in the history of world football.
As the Wrexham fans melted away, and the Boston players trooped dejectedly onto the pitch to applaud their supporters, Bobby began to cry. Slowly at first, but then sobbing uncontrollably.
“Never mind sonny,” said one Wrexham steward, ruffling Bobby’s hair as tears stained his cheeks. “With any luck you’ll not be placed into liquidation in the summer. You might even avoid relegation to the Northern League. Maybe. Well, probably not. Have what’s left of my hot dog. That’ll cheer you up.”
Bobby’s father, gruff Lincolnshire coalminer Jack Shattocks was
trying to snare an underage Welsh female in a nearby bar, attempting to
impress her with his Davy lamp and pick-axe.
It was a long drive back to Boston. Bobby had never before driven a car, let alone when his father was in the back seat unconscious. “We’re not really relegated, are we daddy,” he asked, looking in the mirror as vomit seeped from his father’s nostrils.
“Mr Evans will save us, won’t he daddy? Won’t he? He’s got a plan, right daddy? He’s always got a plan. Mr Evans is the best manager in the history of world football. Isn’t he daddy?”
Little Bobby Shattocks got no answer.
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