Haven't spoken to my mate, Raynor (Worksop and Sheff Utd fan) for some time, a bit of a character. Seen
him at a distance at Bramall Lane and at the cup final. He does get to some matches, England ones away
too. Think he moved from Worksop last year or the year before. Seems to know just about everyone, including
Raynor or Yan to the Worksop fans is still living in Worksop and everyone has a story about him.
He blagged himself into the TV interviewing area in the stadium in France when Argentina beat England in the 1998 World Cup and Trevor Francis covered for him to stop him being thrown out and then in the last World Cup in Germany he was crawling across a field to try and get in free for one of the England games before the Police arrived with dogs to end his little escapade. In Moscow when England lost a qualifier on the plastic pitch he bravely or insanely came out of the hotel to take on the Russian nutters who were sieging the hotel before returning a few hours later without a word covered in bruises.
He was a big mate of Jeff King the Canvey Island manager and owner due to his regular long distance support receiving England tickets from him on occasions.
Very quiet and unassuming Yan who ought to write a book about his exploits.
I was in that hotel in Moscow, but so were around another 2000 England fans, can't say i came across him...Saying that i wasn't daft enough to go outside again after we caught mob handed by the Russians earlier on in the night, i was sharing a room with a Donny fan who i didn't know.
He got a good beating on the floor in downtown Moscow where we were jumped coming out of a pub, but all through the night i could hear him moaning & groaning about his ribs hurting. My ribs were hurting with all the laughing i was doing..Another bloke who got a good hiding, who's a mate had a broken arm for 3 days !!, he coudn't get it checked out until we got back to the UK, No wonder it hurt.
After being chased by 4 Russians down the dual carriageway of Moscow, and nearly being run over by 2 x skoda cars & a Lada car, i thought it was best to retreat to the hotel, and just get blind drunk.