Great to see Dowser on my telly screen
IT was lovely to turn on the telly on Monday night to find out who Newcastle would draw in the third round of the FA Cup and come face to face with Dowser.
Oh, I should explain. Dowser is my old left-back at Gateshead.
Born in the town, he played two seasons for me before returning to the London area which has always had a pull for him – he first made his player reputation at Millwall. Alan Dowson is now manager of Woking, I should add, and they were appearing in the third round draw - which is why he was in the studio, larger than life.
In a Geordie accent thick enough to cut with a knife, Dowson was pleading to get Sunderland out of the hat.
He supports the club you see (yeah, I know. A Geordie Mackem!)
He did not get his wish but he did get a home draw with Premier League Watford, which ain’t at all bad.
Dowser certainly knows how to work with the media.
I was his chairman at one time and his Woking assistant is, believe it or not, legendary commentator Martin Tyler who does the job in between keeping Sky telly viewers informed of all things Premier League.
Woking boss Alan Dowson