Will the real Luke please stand up?


I must register a complaint with the club about signing another central defender called Luke last week.

I know he is a class act who will probably skipper the side for the rest of the season and prove to be a shrewd and possibly pivotal capture.

But can he not change his christian name by deed poll? Please?

We have just got rid of defender Luke Graham and now our central defensive duo are Luke Foster and Luke Jones with Scott Garner in reserve.

It is already proving too much for me as, in the rush to get the back page finished for this week’s Chad, I captioned two pictures of Luke Foster as Luke Jones.

And interviewing Luke Jones on video today I suggested that a defender called Luke Garner had left for York. Who? There is no such person! Luke Garner would be some sort of hybrid defender, mixing Luke Graham and Scott Garner into one lurching monster! Not a bad proposition though.

Mentally, once you are aware of this problem with someone’s name it only makes it worse rather than better.

It’s been a while since this happened to me as sports editor – the last time was when I used to regularly transpose Stags striker Steve Wilkinson and Kirkby’s top class snooker star Gary Wilkinson.

That complaint aside, what a good player Foster looked last weekend. Luke that is. Though before long I am sure I will be calling him George or Barry – both Fosters who have worn the Stags shirt with pride and aplomb in the past!

It was painful to watch (or ‘Luke’ at) Stags steamroller crisis club Chester 4-0 last weekend and I hope the Seals survive the season. But it was a welcome win, a welcome goal glut and a welcome clean sheet.

And Stags will need a repeat display of all those qualities at Forest Green Rovers this Saturday if they are to get anything from a club whose recent results bely their lowly league standing.

Most importantly, will the Rovers social club at the ground have its legendary pre-match bangers, mash and onion gravy simmering in the big steel pot when we get there?

That and three points will make or break my day. And getting the right Luke in my report!


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One Response to “Will the real Luke please stand up?”

  1. Doretha Ezernack Says:

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