Saturday, December 31, 2005

pitch problems!

hello Bury fans!

my grandfather sent me a letter four weeks ago that I have just received. i think it was a combination of the Christmas post and the fact that he lives in an African country miles and miles away from here. his letter is mainly complaining about how a recent local football match had been postponed because the grass seeds hadn’t grown enough and the referee wasn’t happy to play the game on the sandy surface as it could graze knees. it was a regular problem back home and I’m so glad that we don’t have the same problem over here.

they don’t have any of that Lucozade nonsense either and could do with some more h20 for the half-time refreshments. maybe Sport Relief 2006 could help my local village fund a water cooler?

i was delighted when I found out that we had beaten Wigan Wanderers to end their magnificent undefeated record although when I turned off my mobile phone, the score was still 1-0 to the visitors. i’m delighted with my new phone which my grandfather sent to me in the post although it appears to have been sent in December 2004. i should perhaps check the date on the latest letter as A) by now he could be dead or B) if the match in the village finally started, it could be into Golden Goal.

the phone appears to be some of the latest technology in Nigeria which did get me a little worried as hopefully my grandfather hasn’t sold the farm to pay for it. he perhaps thought that if I had my own phone, I’d be able to call him more often but the signal isn’t too good near Lagos and besides I haven’t yet received the money he sent me for phone credit.

good luck Bury fans, I hope you had a very happy Christmas and I wish you a happy new year!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

magazine star?

hello Bury fans! i hope you are all getting ready for Christmas and buying your loved ones some beautiful gift such as fruit baskets and jewellery.

i noticed that the price of gold had gone up recently and back home in Nigeria, my grandfather managed to get enough gold dust together on the farm to make a coin the size of a five pence piece. this turned out to be pretty worthless as no coins in Nigeria are made out of solid gold and when he tried to use it during a visit over here, it got stuck in the metrolink ticket machine.

the last bit of gold I touched turned out to be chocolate. nothing wrong with a bit of chocolate but you can’t buy a laptop in Cheetham Hill with Cadburys. i wouldn’t have two legs for long if I tried to do that there. it would ruin my nickname from back home which was ‘Tripod’.

we just use the bus nowadays and I sent my visiting nephew to Gigg Lane on Friday as he was seeking work on a match day during his Christmas stay with me. i suggested that he ask for a trial at the club and a kind woman told him how to get there as he was a bit lost. he said that she had really bad breath and was a bit dizzy but thankfully he said he didn’t think she was a local so she won’t be offended as she’ll never get to see what I type here. my heart sinks when I hear comments like that from him.

hopefully I’ll have a nice surprise when I visit a Bury game in a few months. i heard all about the new Shakers magazine ‘16 nil’ which will soon be published and suggested to the clubs media manager Gordon Sorfleet that it would be a super idea if a picture of me could be on the first ever front cover. i suggested that it would be good for the club to celebrate the first ever Nigerian to visit Gigg Lane.

he said that he was trying to get a good scan of the photograph of himself in his Bury shirt stood next to Saddam Hussein whom he met on holiday in Tenerife a few years ago. failing that, he promised that he’d make me the cover star! i can’t wait to see how this develops! it would be a dream to feature in such a magazine before I’ve graduated, find myself heavily in debt and working in an old peoples home.

good luck Bury fans!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

hello i'm Rudi Odebayo!

hello and welcome to my blog! a special warm welcome to all Bury fans and Nigerian people. with the use of modern technology, people back home in my own country (Nigeria) will now be able to read about me. by the time my grandfathers internet has connected in Lagos, i could well have graduated or had children.

for those of you that don't know me, my name is Rudi Odebayo and i moved over to Manchester from my home in Nigeria to study at university. whilst here, as you do, i decided to become a Bury fan, a side who hold the record for the biggest FA Cup final victory when we beat Derry City 16-0 in 1993.

not many people in Nigeria know about Bury Football Club. in fact, not many people in Nigeria have heard that you can now buy food in exchange for goats in some of the more modern supermarkets across Nigeria (mainly in the South).

i began to post about my love of all things Bury FC on the message board, a place that is bustling with life and love. they seemed to welcome me there and appreciate that not every black man is a big cock. that is what a friend of mine said to me whilst i was drunk on the job.

i have not been online much recently as a friend of mine was visiting me from back home (Nigeria) and he hurt himself in a horrible skate accident.

i had taken him to the Sealife centre and he was a bit giddy and fell into one of the tanks, cracking his head open at the bottom and getting his legs tangled up in one of the giant sea creatures tails. the blood poured from his wounds and poisoned a number of the fish. he didn't make it to the Cheltenham game that i promised to take him to as he didn't want people to look at his bandaged scalp and think that all Nigerians are vicious violent thugs or that he was promoting the latest 'look' straight 'outa Rochdale's ghettos.

i told him that he looked like Butcher in the World Cup but he said he didn't have enough make-up on, wasn't a homo and had more than one expression. i think the blow to his head has caused him to get confused.

good luck Bury fans!