Friday, 26 June 2009


Do you remember where you were when Elvis died? Or John Lennon was shot? When the twin towers were hit, when Kennedy was gunned down or you heard of Diana's death?

Today of course will be another of those days to look back on in the future.

There are two things I think connect Michael Jackson with English football.

Well three if you count this.

He is certainly the epitome of the stresses and strains of being a high profile celebrity in the public eye. A living example of how fame and fortune don't necessarily make you happy. A
visible victim of the pressure of having an amazing talent and all that comes with that.

One would have to draw a parallel between Jacko and the likes of George Best and Gazza.

The other link, of course, is his directorship of Exeter FC.

Like many a great talent, whether in football or the wider world, there is little doubt that Michael Jackson was a complex character.

His talent is beyond debate. Whether the more controversial side of his character and behaviour were because he was a victim of circumstance or just simply bad I'll leave you to decide.

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