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Guess Who I Saw On The Bus?

8 years ago
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A quirky story that appeared recently in the national press was the startling revelation that Arsenal’s Polish/German striker, Lukas Podolski had been pictured on a bus!

The striker was pictured on a bus in North London, on his way to Pizza Express.

The explanation from the player was that he wasn’t using the bus generally to get around London but that parking was a nightmare where he lived, so it made sense to sometimes use the bus.

No doubt this publicity will sadly almost certainly make it less likely for Podolski’s neighbours to see him hopping onto the bus in the future.

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What about Newcastle’s players, do you ever see them catching the bus, or the Roy Hodgson equivalent of the Metro?

It is no criticism of them as it is just a fact of life now but a trip to Newcastle’s training ground would see a procession of very nice cars and that is just the younger players, many of who will have played very little or no part in the first team.

It is naturally a quantum leap from the days when Jackie Milburn and his other trophy winning team mates would get the bus in with the fans, or even walk it to St.James’ Park.

It shows how things have ‘moved forward’ when Radio Five reacted with shock that a Brentford player had recently been spotted getting the bus to home matches.

I know players used to be regularly spotted in local supermarkets but with the widespread use of home delivery maybe that is now a rare novelty, or they can always just send the wife to do it like I do!

I do understand that some players such as Steven Taylor have remained close to their roots and the set of friends they grew up with. In Taylor’s case I have seen mentions of him going ten pin bowling and to the cinema…like a normal person.

Naturally we want our players to be stars on the pitch who our kids (including some of the bigger ones…) look up to but it is undoubtedly a huge bonus if when they are ‘off duty’ that they live more or less normal lives, at ease with their public.

I once saw Glenn Roeder at Brough Park Dogtrack and Tino Asprilla was notorious for playing on all the arcade games at Metroland after training, hanging out with all the kids dodging school!

So what is the most ‘normal’ things you have seen one of our past or present players doing?

Tim Krul down the bookies? Alan Shearer at the launderette? Demba Ba getting the bus…?

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