On a lighter note, I went to see the Oldham Tinkers in Shaw last night. John Howarth said he had been planning to work "Paul Scholes" into the 'John Willie's Horse' song, only to find out he had gone!
So the song remained as originally written by the late Larry Kearns, my old schoolmate:
Once Jimmy Frizzell sent fer ‘im when flu had taken its toll.
He turned out fer Latics an’ he scored the winning goal.
The crowd went mad and cheered and sang an’ shouted themselves ‘oarse
And the players they all gathered round to kiss John Willie’s ‘orse.
Kiss John Willie’s ‘orse.