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I remember when Argyle used to warm up in front of the Devonport End before every home kick off and we used to chant the players names, 'Oh Billy Billy........ 'Jim Furnell........... Hugh Macauley walks on water.......... and then MARINER MARINER. The big man would always respond to the crowd by holding his arms aloft and enjoying the applause. I was 14 years old and he was my first hero.
RIP Paul Mariner..Probably my first football idol as a 12 year old kid.Gave me one of my best argyle memories with 2 goals in 5 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Argyle fans everywhere that day.Chelsea fans around me that day said he was going to be a star player in the making .
There was a superb obituary in Monday's Times. The final paragraph quotes Bobby Robson being asked in his retirement years to name the best strikers he worked with in his career managing Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and Newcastle. He answered, Lineker, Romario, Figo, Van Nistelrooy, Shearer and Paul Mariner. What a tribute to be named alongside those great international players.
Also just watched espn tribute, really nice piece. Unfortunately never saw him play live for Argyle but did for England. Finally got to meet him in person at the Tony Waiters promotion reunion, and he was as nice as I imagined. Two legends now gone so close together RIP
I agree that yesterday’s Times obituary was excellent and well worth a read.
As an exile in London watching the Mariner/ Rafferty partnership at work the most confident I have ever been at away matches in London over the years. My son reminds me that I started to take him to away matches in that period from the age of 5 He still recalls the partnership but says it did give him a false impression of what might follow over the next almost 50 years!
I watched the Mariner/Rafferty season on Argyle TV yesterday. It was really nice to see in their respective interviews that each of them had very fond memories of the other and their time at Argyle.Considering what Mariner went on to achieve it was very moving to hear him speak so warmly about his relationship with Rafferty.This was epitomised a couple of years ago at the Waiters reunion when they came on to the pitch arm in arm. No airs and graces. Nice one chaps. So sad to lose both Waiters and Mariner in short order