Great to see Dowser on my telly screen

The Chronicle - - John Gibson -

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

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