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Steve Hogan
1 Posted 05/09/2019 at 21:25:04
What I love about this article is, it's not really about football at all, it's about one man's journey through life, the many changes and pitfalls we all face, either through career changes or life choices.

I do find it amazing that Nigel has managed not only to keep his sanity after a 'full on' rock and roll experience in his formative years in a world famous band, but has emerged relatively unscathed to become a pastor in Bristol working with young kids, absolutely brilliant.

But then he goes and spoils it all by admitting he's siding with the devil's lot across the park.

I hope he finally 'sees the light', we welcome back all sinners who may have strayed.

A truly remarkable article Rob Sawyer, can we have some more please?

Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 05/09/2019 at 23:48:41
Epic tale, and it shows if you believe and have strength you can achieve, in life.

Those were the days in the late 70s and the early-mid 80s, for me as a youngster. What happened to time, is crazy,but the best memories, but great laughs now, but more in context of the trials of daily life and getting by.

Let's hope the good times return to Everton FC this season.

Pete Jones
3 Posted 06/09/2019 at 19:52:51
Kwolity with a kapital K Rob. Going from Oscar Peterson to the Stone Roses is some journey. Peterson is a favourite of mine but I have to admit that I'm not a Roses fan apart from Ian Brown's performance in Harry Potter. Sharp move not to mention Nigel's allegiances until the end too, it probably kept 99% of your readership onside.
Duncan McDine
4 Posted 06/09/2019 at 21:08:28
I'm almost as much a fan of the Roses and Browno's solo stuff as I am an Evertonian so this was a fantastic thing to find here on TW. Well done, Rob.
Dom Ashton
5 Posted 07/09/2019 at 05:17:00
What an excellent interview and write up. Nigel should write a book as I would definitely buy it. Seems like he has a wonderful world view and has made the very best out of life and there would be plenty to learn from him.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 08/09/2019 at 23:53:21
Great read... he puts football into perspective... He would have been a blue had his mate been a red I suppose..

Its great that he acknowledges the Everton players of the 80s. as I do some of the great Liverpool players of that era..

His insight into how music shaped his life and influenced his path is also very enlightening...

All you need is Love

Brian Wilkinson
7 Posted 09/09/2019 at 22:23:25
Big fan of OMD, sadly the band had split by the time I managed to fit 3 of the sugar tax tours in.

I remember Nigel joining the band and doing the sugar tax tour, my first being at the Empire Liverpool, followed by the Sheffield gig, having footballer Stuart Pearce sat 3 seats away from me or that one, with an added bonus of a shitty warm up band pulling out and Gary Newman stepping in, to open the billing.

Whatever perception people have of Newman, he did a cracking set, and one of the most down to earth decent guys you could ever... Hats off to Nigel for walking on the Milky Way.

I finally managed to see OMD last year, with Humphries and Cooper back in the band at the Empire, sadly the drummer Holmes can no longer tour with the band due to illness.

So a very good read about a band member I got to see
Iive, and can now put some background to the guy.

Thanks for a great article, Rob.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 10/09/2019 at 05:38:49
Rob,
You post some great stuff on here and I always enjoy reading your posts.

May thanks for your really insightful, well researched and enjoyable posts.

Jay Harris
9 Posted 10/09/2019 at 05:44:31
Just as a further note, Hot Chocolate were on the Peppermint Lounge off London Road and I was talking to Erroll Brown when they took a break. He was a very down to earth guy and loved Liverpool (the City not the RS who were still the poor relations at that point).

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