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Simon Walton interview

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A video interview with Simon Walton is well worth a watch. Some great stories about his sour relationship with Paul Sturrock, Mpenza and Bolasie, administration and how close the club came to being liquidated, the bond between players and fans, players giving money to staff, the Jamie Mackie QPR transfer fee and Walton taking a pay cut.

You Tube video 1 hour 16 minutes, the most interesting stories are about half way through.

One word of warning. The language is 'adult' on a few occasions.
 
Sep 30, 2004
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Before i watch the interview, i would say he received way too much abuse from Argyle fans.

I was lucky enough to spend half an hour in his company a few seasons back when he returned with Crawley, he couldn't have been more gracious with his time or the answers he gave.
His physique (a bit like Sarce) always indicated he was carrying a bit of extra timber, but i think he was just a solidly built guy, he tried hard for us, went unpaid for months (never fully got all of what he was entitled too) - and despite having to play with kids, waifs and strays often got dogs abuse for his performances. Which were never that bad.
He was a good player handicapped by expectation and a couple of really serious injuries, but in all he tried hard in our darkest hour when unpaid, for that alone he will be warmly remembered by me.
 

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Before i watch the interview, i would say he received way too much abuse from Argyle fans.

I was lucky enough to spend half an hour in his company a few seasons back when he returned with Crawley, he couldn't have been more gracious with his time or the answers he gave.
His physique (a bit like Sarce) always indicated he was carrying a bit of extra timber, but i think he was just a solidly built guy, he tried hard for us, went unpaid for months (never fully got all of what he was entitled too) - and despite having to play with kids, waifs and strays often got dogs abuse for his performances. Which were never that bad.
He was a good player handicapped by expectation and a couple of really serious injuries, but in all he tried hard in our darkest hour when unpaid, for that alone he will be warmly remembered by me.
Aaah! I see where your username comes from now.
 
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Not his fault Luggy gave him a 4 year contract .Have seen him on a few occaions in recent years playing for various non league clubs.Always gives 100%.Anybody who played through admin and post admin, will never receive any criticism from me
 

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For someone so experienced. cynical and scarred by football, to speak so highly of the club and people is pretty good... 'what a club' :greensmile:

Echoes what others have said about the club never being more united than during admin. He doesn't really say a bad word about Argyle, though Luggy is described as 'evil' at one point :shocked:

If he thinks we were a good club in 2009, then it bodes pretty well for how players would see us in 2020.
 

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I met him once when I presented him with the man of the match award, when PASOTI was the match sponsor.

What a thoroughly decent and humble chap he was.
 

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I tend not to get pally with any players, but I did a bit with Walts.

You won't meet a nicer and more down to earth bloke.

Good to see he's still telling it as it is.
 
Apr 15, 2004
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TBH I don't think I'll bother sitting thru' the interview - when I saw the name I immediately rolled my eyes and groaned. But time does give a better perspective and the comments above are interesting and valid. It wasn't his fault he was given a lucrative 4 year contract. It wasn't his fault we pushed the boat out for him - much further out than was safe. It wasn't his fault it went t1ts up and he became an unaffordable burden. But he didn't help himself - some truly stupid red cards at vital times when we needed leadership from senior players. Looking back though - maybe it was frustration - it must have been hard for him and he wasn't exactly a world beater and in a club falling apart.

Dark times indeed. It still makes me shudder - but as others have said it's unfair to lay any blame at his door and he did stick around and tried to do his bit even if well paid for it.
 
I thought he gave a well balanced opinion of his time at Argyle and by the end of it you realised you couldn't dislike him. Seems a really decent sort of chap and quite insightful on some of the goings on in the club during that dark period of our history.
 
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Was well worth a watch. I disagreed with his attitude at some points in the early parts of the interview, but as mentioned above his actions during admin speak louder than any innuendo and circumstance before that. Fair play to him, and in my books would always get a warm welcome back to HP.
 
Jan 21, 2007
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Never liked him as a player, even during administration, and even when he was captain and taking penalties ... looked out of his depth when we were in the Championship, average at best as we slipped down the divisions ... i’m going to watch the interview now and see if my opinion changes ...
 
Jan 21, 2007
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Nope, still meh at best about him ... started almost every transfer story with “I couldn’t wait to get out” ... progressed to “I was so excited to be going there, but for one reason or another it didn’t work out”.

If anything, his horror injury when he went on loan to Sheffield United probably humbled him when he realised that Argyle offered him the only chance to earn a decent income out of football for the following two years; and he did turn the corner a bit. Hats off to him for donating to the staff during administration :clap:

He gets a lot of dates, seasons, and players muddled up, but then again, he must have played with hundreds of players over the years.

I must admit, I’ve really liked at least 50% of the players who have played for Argyle over the last 20 years or so, and purposely followed their careers beyond Argyle. 30% of the rest i’m not that bothered about either way, and the final 20% i’m glad they moved on ...
 
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Thoroughly enjoyed watching that one and the Steve Castle one. I didn't notice if it was done by the same company/person, but if so they should be commended for giving less heralded footballers the chance to tell their stories.

As for Walton, not a player I ever really liked, but it was clear he gave his all in those dark days of administration. The club were bloody stupid to give him a deal that increased his wages for every season of his contract. To think he was on more money in League Two than he had been in the Championship underlines in thick red pen just how badly our club was run back then.

Also makes you realise what a quality team we could have put together if only we hadn't gone into admin. Bolasie, BWP, Noone, Ashley Barnes (he left before admin I think), Jack Stephens, Kari Arneson, Jamie Mackie, Joe Mason, Paul Gallagher. Bit top heavy mind!
 
My opinion of him changed during that dreadful away game at Torquay where we were stuffed 3-1 (if I remember correctly) and relegation out of the league looked a near certainty.

I stood amongst the Torquay supporters on the popular side, as I hate that away end, and was only metres away from him cajoling, encouraging and trying to lead that ragbag of a team around him, shouting out the most basic of instructions about marking, facing up etc, which no professional footballer should need reminding of.

He appeared the only player in green who really cared enough about our predicament. My son and I spent the journey home discussing whether we would travel to Halifax, Wrexham etc the next season!
 
My overriding impression was.... what a waste of a career. It is clear from his early moves that he was seen as a prospect. In glimpses for us he showed it to, particularly towards the end. He comes over as a pretty complex character. At times humble (what he did with his money during administration) at times a bit arrogant. Maybe not arrogant, but he appears to see the whole thing as a bit of a game (which is probably is) and struggles with authority. How he responded during admin though was clearly the thing over which he was most animated and tells you something good about him. And the admiration for the club despite him knowing that he would always divide opinion was clear. Overall, though, a sense of a talent wasted.
 

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One things for sure though, he wasn't at all comfortable standing in for his other half on the WAGS special episode of Come Dine With Me...