Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
On behalf of all the kankas, our commiserations go out to Baggie Kanka, Dave Parker, and his beloved Baggies (West Bromwich Albion for those unfamiliar with nicknames !).
Dave was one of the 'orginals' from the early days of the kanka group in the early 21st Century and attended many Ankaragucu matches with me. He even became an honourary Hibs Supporter (surprise surprise !!).
Dave still has connections with Turkey after he bought a house on the south coast and we stay in touch as much as possible, and I'm still hopeful that he can 'fix' a visit to Ankara next season to see Ankaragucu once more in the Super League.
It has been a tough season for the Baggies after a flying start. Change of Board Members, Managers and comings and goings of players didn't help. I hate to criticise previous manager Tony Pulis after the fine job he did at Stoke City, but he had a nightmare time during his stint and the Baggies slid down the league.
However, like Ankaragucu, they have a strong support and hopefully they can bounce back into the Premier League where they belong. Of course, it didn't help matters that local rivals Wolverhampton were promoted this season !
Chin-up Dave and keep smiling that smile you have always been famous for ! We Ankaragucu kankas are programmed to take the highs and lows with smiles on our faces. Aren't we ??!!
Look forward to a visit to Ankara next season Dave !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim