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hong kong rover (IP Logged)

O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 17:49
This thread is not meant to be taken too seriously, but maybe we should have gone in for Bolt to join us as our new striker,lol, we certainly wouldn't have been short on pace up front that's for sure. Too late now, coz he has joined up with Australian A-League side, Central Coast Mariners but only for 'an indefinite training period' and no guarantee of being able to sign a professional contract with the club. He has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian side Stromsgodset but this Australian offer looks the closest and most realistic chance the 31 yr old Bolt will ever get to achieving his dream of playing football at a professional level.. Apparently, he is a striker that gets into good spaces but whose heading ability is poor..Not too sure if this Australian thing is a big publicity stunt or are they being deadly serious?, but they've told him there is a lot of hard work ahead.. Am not too sure what to make of some of these sports stars that have excelled in one sport and then try their hand at another later in their career. Who can remember about 5 years ago with England cricket all rounder Andrew 'freddie' Flintoff going into boxing.. It was a complete farce and just one big circus show.. He had one fight and never boxed again.. A 4th rate 'has been' boxing opponent was flown over from the States to fight Freddie in Manchester and even though Flintoff won the bout by a points decision, the American took it easy on him, lol.. It was all a bit of a joke really.. I remember seeing that Flintoff fight and saying to myself, ' Freddie you are a great all round test cricketer but a boxer u certainly aren't mate.' I was surprised that the boxing authorities had given him a licence to box...Anyway, if Rovers were to take an almighty gamble in signing Bolt up then one thing that could be said is that he might not bag any goals but we would certainly have some electrifying pace up front, lol.

 
HardlyYardley
HardlyYardley (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 19:19
It would certainly be interesting to see someone with his pace put on for the last ten minutes against a tiring defence, but the question is whether he has any real ball control. Could he actually score when through? Given the trouble he's had finding a club, I'm guessing the answer is no and, although he might just shade McNulty for pace, he wouldn't get past him.

 
Higgosboots
Higgosboots (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 20:14
I have spent a lot of time around track and field, I’ve seen him play, He has a good touch, good enough to play professionally, possibly, there’s not a player on earth gonna get anywhere near him for pace, he isn’t also extremely strong, much more so than a footballer, Can they convert that raw speed, strength and ability to kick a ball into some kind of ability to read the game, who knows.

This kind of thing isn’t unheard of to be honest, one or two “aquanitances” have been approached in the past for various similar reasons, noteably Dwain Chambers who was at Bradford Bulls for a while with a view to converting him to a RL player, never worked out. Alan Condon managed to successfully bridge the gap from Track sprinting to Bobsled. Christian Malcolm was on Chelsea’s books before he committed to life as a sprinter.



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Matt34 (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 20:30
Dennis Compton I think played football and cricket, Stephen Fry's grandfather CB Fry was an athlete and I think footballer and cricketer too and good at all three.

Ian Botham's son Liam transitioned fairly well from cricket to rugby, whereas Ian transitioned back and forth between cricket and football, first with Yeovil in the late 70's, then Scunthorpe about 5-6 years later and played a smattering of games for both, but never got close to a full season under his belt.

Nicky Byrne made an unsuccessful transition from being a goalkeeper with Leeds to a music industry star. I say unsuccessful because despite the sales that group had, they were still frigging dreadful and an embarrassment to proper music (Sm7).

Bolt might do a number at league 2, but perhaps he should set his sights on a midfield dynamo rather than a striker is reports of his heading capabilities should be believed.



Then I ate his Liver.......... with some baked beans and a can of coke.

 
Higgosboots
Higgosboots (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 21:23
Other more recent and famous changes of sport, local(ish) lad Menelik Watson, promising young footballer on City’s books, broke his leg advised to give up sport, took up basketball went to the states on a bball scholarship and was drafter into the NFL and currently with the Denver Broncos,

Bradley Wiggins failure to convert from the bike to a row boat,


Marion Jones, collegiate basketballer to Olympic Champion turned fellon

Herschel Walker, Dallas Cowboy turned bobsleder

Michael Air Jordan Basketball to Baseball and back to world fame Basketball

Brock Lesna, A non sport WWF to NFL with the Vikings and then onto UFC

Getting bored now but Sonny Williams from rugby to boxing and Rebecca Romero from an Olympic boat to an Olympic bike I actually recall now Chamber signed for Castleford and not Bradford

 
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Yiggsy (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 21:40
Jimmy Cumbes... legendary TRFC goalkeeper, 1965 to 1969 and first class cricketer playing for Lancs and Worcestershire amongst others.

 
Loyden1
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Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 21:53
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Yiggsy
Jimmy Cumbes... legendary TRFC goalkeeper, 1965 to 1969 and first class cricketer playing for Lancs and Worcestershire amongst others.
I remember him saving 2penasties in a game .any more tranmere goalies come to mind for doing the same in 90mins.

 
Fiftyyearsarover
Fiftyyearsarover (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
07 August, 2018 22:03
Jimmy Combes was responsible for Lancs CC amazing stadium ,he implemented a lot of what you see now they owe him a lot ,top man

 
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hong kong rover (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 10:38
Chris Balderstone played for Carlisle United and also cricket for Leicestershire CCC and he also went on to be an umpire...Chris Marples former goalkeeper for Chesterfield and Stockport County and he was a wicketkeeper at Derbyshire CCC.

 
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hong kong rover (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 10:52
Phil Neale ( not the former liverpool player and Bolton manager ) played football for Lincoln City and Scunthorpe United and cricket for Worcestershire CCC.

 
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hong kong rover (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 11:04
Dai Kwando, rounds up sheep and plays tiddlywinks for a Wrexham pub team.

 
paulbyron
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Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 18:06
give the lad a break hkr still funny though

 
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Phil65 (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 18:45
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paulbyron
give the lad a break hkr still funny though

Agreed. Now, if only you could get your hands on the pesky little varmint HKR, to give him a well earned break!

 
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Matt34 (IP Logged)

Re: O/T Usain Bolt
08 August, 2018 19:46
Craig Pickering, sprinter to bobsledder.



Then I ate his Liver.......... with some baked beans and a can of coke.


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