Gus Hurdle's Keepie-Uppie

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I'm not sure exactly when this happened, although I seem to remember watching from the New Road side, where I moved after they put seats in the paddock. So 1997-98?

Anyway, there had been some news item about some kid (probably Brazilian) who had beaten the world keepie-uppie record by keeping the ball up until, I don't know, techtonic plates had moved. Anyway, a long time. Probably fewer than a million times, but a lot.

For some reason, Gus was wheeled out before the match, thrown a ball, and told to show his mettle. Dunno whose idea it was (it clearly wasn't Gus's) But the embarrassment was palpable. To say Gus struggled would be an understatement. I'm no footballer, but I could manage a few, given several goes. I don't think Gus reached double figures.

Obviously, the fact that he had to perform in front of an audience led to paralysis (which may explain a lot about poor Gus).

That someone stitched him up is clear. But who, and why? And why did Gus agree to it?
 

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I'm not sure exactly when this happened, although I seem to remember watching from the New Road side, where I moved after they put seats in the paddock. So 1997-98?

Anyway, there had been some news item about some kid (probably Brazilian) who had beaten the world keepie-uppie record by keeping the ball up until, I don't know, techtonic plates had moved. Anyway, a long time. Probably fewer than a million times, but a lot.

For some reason, Gus was wheeled out before the match, thrown a ball, and told to show his mettle. Dunno whose idea it was (it clearly wasn't Gus's) But the embarrassment was palpable. To say Gus struggled would be an understatement. I'm no footballer, but I could manage a few, given several goes. I don't think Gus reached double figures.

Obviously, the fact that he had to perform in front of an audience led to paralysis (which may explain a lot about poor Gus).

That someone stitched him up is clear. But who, and why? And why did Gus agree to it?
That wasn't the end of it. He was invited on to the baddiel & Skinner fantasy football show and done the same.
 

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Another entirely random reference to Gus in Saturday's D.Telegraph (Crawley/Leeds preview).

Apparently Crawley have a 'Red Wall' of supporters' bricks with messages, one of which proclaims: "There's only one Gus Hurdle".

Not worth posting, I know, except that the article goes on to note that the "Barbadian... ... chose to miss a game for his country to appear in a Southern League six-pointer against Dorchester Town."


My desperate search for FA Cup magic in Crawley
 

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That wasn't the end of it. He was invited on to the baddiel & Skinner fantasy football show and done the same.
He learnt something that day, don't go on tv doing keepy uppy unless you are at least reasonable at it!
 

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