Irony to Lisbie coming to Town

THERE is a certain irony about Kevin Lisbie possibly signing for Town - because of the part he played in the team plummeting from the Premiership.

THERE is a certain irony about Kevin Lisbie possibly signing for Town - because of the part he played in the team plummeting from the Premiership.

The date was Saturday, August 25, 2001 and everything in the blue and white garden was especially rosy. Town had unexpectedly finished fifth in their first season back in the top flight, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

Burley, who had been named Manager of the Year, spent millions during the summer, supposedly strengthening the team, most notably with expensive imports like Italian keeper Matteo Sereni and Nigerian winger Finidi George.

The first home game of the 2001-2002 season saw Town beat Derby 3-1, with George gaining instant hero status with two goals. So, four days later, when Charlton came to town, it was surely for a hammering? The sun was shining, nothing could go wrong…


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Except, it did - and it was that man Lisbie who was the villain of the piece. Town huffed and puffed for 90 minutes but were unable to break down the Londoners' defence.

Then, in the last minute, substitute Lisbie outmuscled Jamie Clapham and fired in a speculative shot from wide on the right. It arrowed past Sereni and Charlton had won 1-0.

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It kick-started an appalling 15-match run without a win for Town. The season ended in relegation, followed by the nightmare of administration, and the Blues are still trying to regain their top-flight status.

So, if Mr Lisbie does sign on the dotted line, he owes us!

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