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smutty
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 08:27 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 09:42 on 9th Jan 2012
Posts: 2
Very sad news indeed.
He certainly packed several lifetime adventures into one lifetime.
Last saw George when he stayed with us during 2010 world cup, his few days here were as eventful as ever.
Condolences to the family.
RIP GEORGE.
Zephney & paul.
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Maidenover
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 10:05 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 09:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2913
click on the link in the first posting and pull down to the photo of a 'fan' with Swann and Cook
www.barmyarmy.com/forum_new/index.php?v ... =21&t=6176
(just seen that HueyLad put this on twitter last night)
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 11:48 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2182
Location: Preston UK
Truly truly shocked to hear this terrible news. Its almost impossible to perceive anyone being so down that the choice to take your life is the only one feasible to them, particularly when that person has the persona that George had.
Mental health is an issue which has been in the news of late, hopefully that exposure will help others to gain the help and understanding they need so that we never have to grieve a loss such as this again.
Like many others I benefitted from George's generosity and the fact that we have met him for the last time simply means that tours will never quite be the same again.
My thoughts are with Yvonne and the family, who it is to be hoped will gain some small consolation from the heartfelt messages of consolation on this forum and no doubt all the social media.

Lastly thanks to Damo Sicknote for taking the time to call and let me know personally.

RIP George.
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first timer
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 12:09 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 15:25 on 1st Jul 2008
Posts: 156
Location: Swindon
Will always remember him getting my lad into the box at Newlands on the 4th day the last time we were in SA.

It is to this day, our most enjoyable day Chris and I have had at an England match.

Crouchy and Ex-Pat Andy were also there that day, and we had the best seat in cricket overlooking one of the best views in the world.

The company, the cricket and one or two snifters were unforgetable.

RIP George.
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Waltonblue76
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 12:14 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 12:10 on 9th Jan 2012
Posts: 1
Very very sad news. As mentioned in the many messages above he was always there to take care of people on tours. I was lucky to meet him in South Africa on my first tour and he helped me settle into the tour routine. But I will always remember in Mumbai where I felt pretty dodge and he had just arrived from UK and brought with him cheese slices and bread and made me sandwiches in the hotel bar at lunch to try and make my stomach better!!!

A top man who will be sorely missed. RIP George.
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barneybear
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 13:14 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 11:26 on 9th Nov 2008
Posts: 154
Have just seen this now, and actually feel physically sick.
Only met George in Bangladesh, a top man, larger than life, and was looking forward to seeing him in Sri Lanka.
RIP
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GRP
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 13:27 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 09:40 on 6th Apr 2011
Posts: 32
I never met the fella but recognise him from the pictures and video, Seemed a top tourist and all round decent man. RIP
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TC1
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 14:34 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 16:04 on 2nd Sep 2011
Posts: 79
www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/shock ... _1_4118892
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DavidC
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 15:03 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 21:08 on 9th Feb 2011
Posts: 80
Theres nothing I can add to what has already been said. Met George on a number of cricket and football trips and he was always a colourful, larger than life character who would lend anyone a hand. Sad circumstances but I guess still waters run deep.

Thoughts to his family and many friends who knew him better than I did.
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SAFC Army
Post subject: Re: Georgethepodge RIP
PostPosted: 15:13 on 9th Jan 2012

Joined: 15:09 on 9th Jan 2012
Posts: 1
I have just registered on the forum as I knew there would be a thread here.

It seems amazing how he had enough time to help all the people out that he did. There is another thread here that some of you may be interested in reading. www.readytogo.net/smb/showthread.php?t=661616

RIP George
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