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Thank You MARIO!

Thank You MARIO!

Mario Melchiot leaves St Andrews today along with seven others. He by his own admission did not have the best of seasons but in the final year of his contract never gave less than a committed performance.

While several in the squad sought shelter in the treatment room, when he was injured he tried to get back to the fray. He was willing to turn out on a wet night in Solihull in front of 50 spectators and only a few 19 year olds for company. mario was a player of the highest calibre but not too proud to take his place in the 'ressers'.

Blues fans will not be surprised that two of our staff refused to play at Bolton. The fans have a good idea who they are and that they have already gone. Mario, well aware the game would be his last gave his all, and thanked the fans accordingly. In spite of a few negative reactions Mario tossed his boots into the crowd. He kept his shirt as he has said that he was proud to wear it and will proudly keep it.

He was outstanding last year with the highlight of the season his mickey take of Lee Hendrie, which the Villa man took exception to. Hendrie had every right to be offended because that was why it was done!

Melchiot is a top class footballer, who with his Ajax pedigree possessed skills that made him our best footballer. Sadly he was not always defending with the same authority and his errors were often the result of trying to exploit his skills when a hoof into row Z would have been a safer option.

Seeing him leave reminds us that our days of shopping in Harrods is over at least for a while. His replacement will likely come from with the current ranks or from the Championship contenders.

His signing, like that of Dugarry, showed that we were really a Premiership club and a big club to boot. Certainly none of our local rivals or many of the rest of the Premiership,could compete in the market for that level of player.

On behalf of the fans I would wish to say thank you for what you did for us and the dignity which you kept. Wherever you go I'm sure you will speak kindly of us. Good luck and thank you.


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Date:Monday May 8 2006
Time: 7:13PM

Comments

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youve got some great players and they are definitley premiership clubs cant believe you got relegated with them.
jono_forest
08/05/2006 19:38:00
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Mario was liked at Chelsea s well - he wasn't a shirker and although his Brum career has come to a sad end remember he gave his all.
merlin
08/05/2006 19:47:00
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Jono... like Forest of years ago and Leeds a couple of years ago, it just goes to prove that no team is too good to go down. Maybe they would have been great players if they could have performed to their potential with a realistic game plan and tactics to play to, but this wasnt the case. As for Mario, I agree with everything said above. He has been a great player for a few years now, and his performances in the past have been forgotten by some sections of the support who only remember the few mistakes he has made in recent games. Good luck with whatever comes next Mario.
lil_blues_fan
09/05/2006 08:24:00
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Mario was a great player and well known to be one of the most skillful in the premiership. Is there a general concensus amongst you blues as to where he will go now? Maybe one last season at his home club to wind down quietly.
FEn_100
10/05/2006 11:59:00
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This site would be relegated but for the Pompey Fans on it...lol
pompeygray
11/05/2006 15:20:00
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i won alot of money from birmingham going down which is notwhat u wanna hear but just saw something within the team was lacking and 14/1 odds wernt to be sniffed at at start of the season.
buckers_07
11/05/2006 15:49:00
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It will be hard to get out of the Coca Cola next year. It is such a competitive league.
BigYid
12/05/2006 14:52:00
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" i feel you will struggle next term- its a very competetive league, and you are a shadow of the team you were a few seasons ago"
millers4eva
13/05/2006 09:15:00
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i think u will struggle big time, just like southampton have, but u never know
green giant 12
15/05/2006 18:37:00
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they're finished - Villa will buy them out and merge ;-)
merlin
15/05/2006 19:46:00
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