Friday, September 08, 2006
frequently asked questions
hello Bury fans!
i’m sure you’ve often wondered when you’ve been lying on your sofa some nights, bored out of your brains, “why and how did Odebayo come to England in the first place?”
well one night I was sat watching the Nigerian show ‘Big Brotha’ in my old house. it is a show about a group of weirdoes locked in a large barn with each other for three months. they all try to cop off with each other, fight and feed a variety of animals namely goats and foreign oil worker hostages. the winner gets a work permit in England to work handing out dabs of aftershave in nightclub toilets - a dream come true for some of the more impoverished folk back home.
whilst tucking into a packet of new Cheese and Onion flavour Wankers Crisps, promoted by Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu, I thought “I could do that”.
not starring in the popular television show desperately trying to deny my sexuality (I’m not gay, I like ALL women except massively fat ones), but spraying Old Spice onto the necks of drunken teenage clubbers frantically texting on their Burberry mobile phones. “i jst fkd Katy in v guys bogs! Lol! C U l8r.”
plenty of other things happened along the way but my journey pretty much began from there. i had a pen pal whose dad worked in England and he managed to ‘fast-track’ my Visa which was really kind of him considering he had never even seen me.
i started my university degree in Manchester and the rest is history (my course is Leisure and Tourism). of course I had chosen to support Bury because I was well aware of their FA Cup wins at the start of the last century and I found this to be highly inspirational.
i had been extremely lucky in managing to visit this great country and I wanted others like me to be able to experience it too. and the key was football. if they trained hard, mended their popped footballs and stopped molesting girls through boredom if the ball burst they could achieve glory.
i can imagine Bury players did the same thing when they were young. i can picture Barry Brian-Murphy trying to cop a grope up a young Irish lasses latex skirt on a night out in the cheaper areas of Dublin and being slapped across the face and shouted at. “you footballers are all the same. why not go and play in England and stop pestering us,” Dolores would cry.
i’m not saying that all footballers are like this. it’s the better role models throughout the leagues such as Lee Trundle, Craig Bellamy, El-Hadji Diouf and Luke Rodgers who should be the spark needed for the young Nigerians in desperate need for a new direction. there would be plenty of fireworks to celebrate back home in Lagos if stronger links could be created between England and my home (Nigeria).
i think I may be wasted in Leisure and Tourism.
good luck Bury fans!