May 262012
 

I had a pint in the company of John Aldridge at lunchtime, and that’s not something you can say every day of the week.  That’s right.  John Aldridge, former Liverpool and Ireland striker, who turns out to be a damn nice guy.   Self-effacing, modest, witty, funny and friendly.  All the things, in short, that any of us would like to be, apart from those of us who are complete tools and wish to be none of these things.

Here, for proof is a picture of John Aldridge outside Bourkes Bar in Limerick, and while I could show you the one of us together, I would then have to dispatch my henchmen to kill you.

We don’t want that, so just take my word that John and I are sitting together at the same table discussing things like Liverpool’s disastrous season, the management skills of Jack Charlton and whether Kenny Dalglish should have been sacked.

John is looking fit.  Far fitter than I am, although he bears a disturbing resemblance to Baal from Stargate.  Yes, Baal is an evil fictional galactic warlord and John Aldridge is just a guy with a lot of football talent, but in fairness to him, Aldridge and Baal have the same engaging characteristic: neither of them believes he’s a god.

 

You’re joking, I hear you say.

No I am not, I reply to you.

How the hell did that happen?  Well, I blundered up town from the Milk Market, devouring a delicious chicken Madras when I noticed the huge Newstalk signs outside Bourkes Bar.  This is the delicious meal I had for my breakfast.  Isn’t it nice?

 

Oh Yummy.

The proprietor grabbed me by the elbow.  Come in.   We have all sorts of stuff going on today.

Good, I say.   Let’s have a pint.

 

What do I know about soccer?  Little or nothing, as any regular reader of this site will know, and yet I well remember John Aldridge as a deadly striker.  As it happens, he’s also a damn nice guy.  Did I mention that?

It wasn’t that I pursued him.  Newstalk were doing a live broadcast from Bourkes and I happened to be there because I wanted to hear Keith Wood and Alan Quinlan talking about rugby.   It was interesting to hear their story and I wanted to ask them things that occurred to me but that wasn’t possible in the end.  It got a bit crowded for me so I slid outside with an ice-cold beer to enjoy the extraordinarily hot weather and listen to the show on the speakers.

What sort of questions did I want to ask?  Well, for example, I’d have liked to ask Alan Quinlan if he thought his Tipperary hurling background influenced his direct, no-nonsense approach on the rugby field.  And I might have liked to ask Keith Wood what he  thinks  about the physical toll professional rugby takes on the human body, including the extraordinary outbreak of baldness we’ve witnessed in recent years.

 

It was all good.  No complaints.  I’m sitting in the sun, enjoying an ice-cold beer when I realise that the friendly guy opposite me is the great John Aldridge, and this is a great relief.  Why?  Because I know he was supposed to be on the panel, and I’d already shaken my head disapprovingly at a fat bastard with a gold necklace.  Look at the state of Aldridge.   Jesus he really let himself go.

Well thank you, non-existent God.  Thanks for keeping Aldridge in good nick.  He’s not even drinking a pint: just a nice cup of tea.  And he’s signing t-shirts.  What a nice guy.

How cool is that?  A football legend, sunshine, delicious grub and ice-cool beer.

  23 Responses to “Beautiful Weather in Limerick With Sport, Food, Drink and Stuff”

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  1.  

    I fucking hate you.

  2.  

    I still have to go with the idea if we win the euromillions, to buy a soccer team and employ them purely as maintenance people. “Oi! Roy Keane you cunt, did you have difficulty locating the Mr Muscle under the sink??” “But… I’m a highly skilled soccer player….” ” I own you you gowl, grab a duster there in the queue with the DJs”

  3.  

    Why the song and dance about Aldridge, t-shirt signing, being a nice fella and being accessible? Wood & Quinlan do it all the time, why does Aldridge get special mention?

  4.  

    Ah for godsake would you chill please?

  5.  

    Old Knudsen has never heard the words ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Limerick’ ever mentioned in the same sentence before. Come to that he has never heard the words ‘it’s my round’ come from the lips of the Bock man either. Johnny Aldridge huh? You move in some magical circles you flash fucker.

  6.  

    Did we win that Lotto draw, Ronwan? If not I want my 2 euro back

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    “Ah for godsake would you chill please?”

    Pot calling kettle?

  8.  

    Do you really need to pour cold water on a nice relaxed afternoon?

  9.  

    Not pouring cold water on anyones afternoon. Indeed I hope you and everyone else has a super day and enjoys the beautiful sunshine.

    I merely asked a question as to why one former sports star attracts praise for his actions when the same actions performed by others are largely taken for granted.

    Have a nice day

  10.  

    I heard about that meeting yesterday while on my way to the tenth floor of the Riverpoint with camera in tow.
    Unfortunately I can no longer imbibe like I used to, but if I did, I’d have been there for the free pints too!

  11.  

    John Aldridge huh! That’s wonderful Bock.. thought he looked familiar.

    Come ‘ere to me, how did yous have a conversation about soccer if you know nothing about soccer? Were you bullshitting again Bock? Did he tell you to go ‘way you aul spoofer? :)

  12.  

    He’s far too polite to say anything like that.

  13.  

    He sounds like a lovely boy Bock.
    Have ye any plans for a second date? :)

  14.  

    No. 8 “the same actions performed others are taken for granted”. They are not taken for granted,they are greatly appreciated and Im sure the “others” wouldnt want a big deal made about themselves anyway. It was just a simple statement that Aldridge is a nice guy and signed t-shirts.

  15.  

    “It was just a simple statement that Aldridge is a nice guy and signed t-shirts.”

    Today’s breaking news – John Aldridge isn’t a cunt.
    And Bock is in love.

    :)

    Sorry.. this nice weather is making me giddy.

  16.  

    Cheers Tony, suitably chastened.

  17.  

    To praise one person is not to diminish anyone else. I’ve often written things in support of Munster players’ willingness to engage with the public, HERE for example, and therefore it surprises and disappoints me to see this sort of comment.

  18.  

    Bock i’ll say it again, you live in nice town and meet nice people,what’s wrong with that.Some people are jealous just like me.

  19.  

    I didn’t make a comment, I asked a question. If you find people asking questions on a site dedicated to debate disappointing then perhaps you should have a chat with yourself.

  20.  

    he was not very nice to me at USA 94 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rchTGrG2asI

  21.  

    Perhaps that’s because the guy in the yellow hat was an utter prick.

  22.  

    Great stuff Bock. I loved Aldridge as a player. A pure goalscorer, successful at every level and every club. I thought it was a mistake to swap him out to make room for Ian Rush, as good as Rush was, though there was an uncanny resemblance. Maybe the team couldn’t tell them apart? And that goal at USA ’94…

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