You won’t beat Solly

Over the last 10 years , I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve shouted that as a term of friendly abuse to opposing wingers.

I remember a Championship away game at Reading where we won 1-0 after a rare headed goal from Vetokele from a superb Solly cross ( think the same shape as the cross against Plymouth away last year). Heaven knows who the Reading winger was that day, but he might as well have not bothered coming out after the warm up such was the imperious and dominant nature of Chris Solly’s defending.

He has been a great servant to the club and an absolute joy to watch. I can’t go today but I bought 2 tickets anyway just to support Chris because it seemed like the right thing to do.

As an aside, I understand that Chris is a big ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fan . We went to see the stage show at the Haymarket last night. If you come from South East London – it just has to be seen. If I’m honest I went with relatively low expectations because transferring a classic TV show to the Stage or Film is notoriously difficult.

However, it really is very good, Paul Whitehouse is an absolute genius ( anyone who has seen his fishing programme with Vic Reeves will agree)

The audience absolutely loved it and so did I – standing ovations all around.

I hope Chris Solly gets his standing ovation today because he thoroughly deserves it.

Thank you Chris.

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