Ian McCullough walked past me at Lime Street Station yesterday
He was wandering to the first class lounge not the 'cheap seats' like the rest of us.
Did he still have his shades on?
I've met him myself about 10 years ago when my mate's band supported Echo & The Bunnymen at a gig in Warrington, they did the gig at short notice when Snow Patrol pulled out at the last second. I just hung around backstage drinking the beer that was available to us. My mate is a bass player and knew Ian McCulloch really well then and had things turned out right could have joined the Bunnymen.
I've met Keith Chegwin, for my sins I appeared on Cheggers Plays Pop in 1986, representing our school in the quiz section! From what I remember, he was a top bloke, full of energy and seemed genuinely enthusiastic about doing the show.
The actor Sean Bean was in the pub by the ground after a Tranmere home game with Sheff Utd in the mid 90s, kudos to him for being with the real fans rather than mixing with the so-called prawn sandwich brigade, my mate and I went over to speak to him, though can't remember what we said as we were a bit drunk.
The Greece football squad stayed at the same hotel as the one my girlfriend and I were in when were in Vilamoura for the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, they stayed about 2 nights there for their last group game v Russia at the Algarve Stadium. The Greek players seemed absolutely made up about receiving attention from the other hotel guests and were more than happy to pose for photos and sign autographs for children. I actually spoke to Otto Rehagel (manager of the squad) and Angelos Charisteas (who went on to score the winning goal for Greece in the Final of Euro 2004) in the lift going back to our respective rooms) and wished them well. At the time Greece weren't certain of getting past the group stage and almost no one would have backed them to get to the final let alone win it, but they became (and still are) my adopted international team after England, Rep of Ireland and the other home nations. In addition to that I saw a few Eastenders actors in Vilamoura during our stay there (well my girlfriend recognised them as I wouldn't have had a clue!), and some of the Russian training staff out and about as they had two games in the Algarve.
I met Red Rum, the legendary Grand National horse when he came to a summer fair in 1980 though I was a bit too young then to appreciate what he'd achieved - I may have threw a tantrum when I learned I wasn't able to ride him, I thought he was there to give people rides! I do remember patting him and I giving him a polo mint though!
Whales, buffaloes...eldorado...they're all dreams...