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“Don’t Get Me Wrong.” (R.I.P. Ray Clemence)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Graeme Souness, of his keeper
Brad Friedel did rave
As he acknowledged his brilliance
for an exceptional save.
“If it were nae for Brad,
Blackburn would have got hammered today
It was only himself that kept Tottenham at bay.”
He said, ” Brad’s better than Bosnich,
that bloke from Australia
And more agile than Seaman and the Pool’s Pepe Reina
He reminds me of Shilton
in that he hardly does wrong
No wonder our fans
sing his name out in song.”
With the interview near finished
Graeme thought hard and long
And he started his last sentence
By saying, don’t get me wrong.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 “DON’T GET ME WRONG, HE’S NO RAY CLEMENCE.”

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Notes

Always remember an interview, Graeme Souness, then the manager of Blackburn Rovers, giving after a match in which his American goal custodian, Brad Friedle excelled. Not known for his generosity when he complimented his players he spent the whole interview throwing accolade after accolade in the direction of his keeper (who caught most of them.) However, after comparing Brad favourably with all the greats between the sticks, he ended up the interview with the words, “don’t get me wrong, he’s no Ray Clemence.”
R.I.P. Ray. A great servant to Liverpool, Spurs and England. Still think you were slightly better than Shilts.

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