Malcolm Boyle: Loyal fans still loud and proud

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Back in the 1960s, my father earned himself a nickname. Whenever there was work to be done, he had a tremendous talent for disappearing, hence he became known as 'Slippery' until his dying day and funeral, which he had the good grace to attend on time.

I remember many observers showed up to see if they could indeed catch a glimpse of the man who was something of a Houdini on the mean streets of Glen Innes. There's no doubt he had a remarkable talent; when the work was there to be done, he wasn't.

I remember one Saturday , my mother delivering a strong requisition for Slippery to mow the lawns, then foolishly accepting his assurances that he would start immediately. An hour later, my mother went outside to offer her gratitude to her husband sweating behind the Masport.

Or was he? There was the mower on full power but tethered to the garden shed, there was the almost drained petrol can. It was obvious Slippery had headed for the public bar up the road.

The brow-beating he received for that dereliction of duty has stayed with me for a long time.

Unlike Slippery, those 9,400 Trojans who braved it out at Mt Smart last weekend deserve free hot baths and hot toddies for life for their unstinting efforts in support of a courageous Warriors effort in sometimes appalling conditions.

Once again, good weather or not, we loyal followers are pitched into a situation where one good game can drag us up the ladder towards the top eight and a regression can plummet us back to the basement.

The Warriors certainly lack a playmaker with a burning desire to win week in, week out, and who shows desperation on a regular basis.

Having said that, they are still the best ticket in town and one gets the feeling there's plenty of excitement left for the hardy mob who never lets its team down.

- Herald on Sunday

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