Thursday, May 19
Lou Macari's rough sleepers in Stoke
Thanks to Matt for sending in this picture of the Lou Macari Street Retreat, a shelter for homeless people in Stoke. Matt remarks that, "it's strange how some football figures are real heroes in some places, as Macari is in Stoke, but total zeros elsewhere, as Macari is at West Ham." Judging by the superb drama about Stoke fan Neil Baldwin, Marvellous, Macari — who had a son who committed suicide — is a good guy with a social conscience. He suffered at West Ham through not being John Lyall and was only given six months in charge before leaving after a betting charge, which these days would surely result in a mere fine. Though he did bring us Morley, Bish, Mad Dog and, erm, Colin Foster. Would he have succeeded at West Ham if given more time? We'll never know now, but credit to him for his work in the Potteries. Wonder if we'll see a Julian Dicks Street Retreat — though as Matt says, "Julian Dicks would never retreat."