Alan sadly passed away last week and was laid to rest today.
So raise a glass this evening to a fellow Blue and member of the TW community. Our condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.
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1 Posted 22/09/2020 at 16:21:02
I remember Alan, although it's probably a decade since I saw him post. Liked analysis and had a good turn of phrase. He and guys like Gavin Ramejkis and Dave Wilson were regular commenters back then... and one day they had just moved on.
Condolences to his family. Always sad to lose a TW Blue.
2 Posted 22/09/2020 at 17:07:56
3 Posted 23/09/2020 at 00:04:49
4 Posted 23/09/2020 at 08:35:04
An impressively articulate man.
5 Posted 23/09/2020 at 13:34:20
6 Posted 23/09/2020 at 13:37:23
Well missed. Blue dreams mate.
7 Posted 24/09/2020 at 07:04:00
8 Posted 24/09/2020 at 17:22:57
9 Posted 25/09/2020 at 05:56:16
On another note, I do recall some very entertaining contributors who are not seen here anymore – Richard Dodds (Doddy!), Conor Roehrer, Ken Buckley, another fellow Indian TWer (whose name escapes me at the moment). Hope they are all doing well, wherever they are.
10 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:16:49
It is an inevitability that we will all endure at some point sadly, but nevertheless fact. Just hope as with all those who are departing or have departed, that Everton, and TW of course, has played some part in providing the better and more enjoyable things in life!
11 Posted 25/09/2020 at 10:22:35
12 Posted 25/09/2020 at 16:29:15
I hope he is okay, he came across as a fervent Evertonian.
13 Posted 25/09/2020 at 16:46:01
14 Posted 25/09/2020 at 17:00:55
15 Posted 25/09/2020 at 17:02:27
I often wonder if Doddy has done a Lord Lucan. If anyone can find him ask him to let us know he is okay. Similarly with Gavin Ramekis who was also a regular contributor at one time.
16 Posted 25/09/2020 at 21:52:37
If TW has a Patron Saint, it's Harold Matthews. I trust Harold and Alan have met by now. Have a pint together.
17 Posted 25/09/2020 at 22:21:13
Im sure some have died, some have just lost interest, while Im sure a fair few will have tired of the petty bickering often found on here.
18 Posted 25/09/2020 at 22:34:17
19 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:25:51
Alan, by the way, gave as good as he got. Well, maybe not with Eugene.
20 Posted 29/09/2020 at 04:25:39
Exactly 10 years (to the day) after Alan submitted this article, Lyndon announces his passing. Incredible coincidence.
I gorra know; was this really Alans last contribution to TW?
21 Posted 29/09/2020 at 19:20:12
By the way, Darren, you would have loved Dave Wilson. An articulate, feisty troublemaker( are you Dave under another name by any chance?!! )His battles with Eugene were magnificent stuff.
He once had a battle with Michael K over a small matter about distance involving Distin. It went on forever and I think he drove Michael to the edge. I think Dave was wrong that time but he didn't do "wrong".
Dave if you are out there, come back. Michael, do you miss him?
22 Posted 29/09/2020 at 19:49:27
That was a great article he wrote too! Even Carlo gets a mention with his 433 formation!
23 Posted 29/09/2020 at 19:54:06
25 Posted 29/09/2020 at 21:09:45
I hope that Michael and Lyndon realise the positive impact that their work has on many of us. I can say that it has been a very positive part of my life. Back in the day, I was involved in some ferocious stuff but it was fun. You know what, though, there has, in 20 years, never been an Evertonian I would not like to have met for a pint.
Because of this site I have been lucky enough to meet some of the very best.
26 Posted 29/09/2020 at 21:53:20
The comments in that TW article turned into a war zone with Eugene Ruane and Michael Kenwright becoming so irate, Alan Kirwin decided to jump ship.
What an epitaph.
27 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:02:46
I think it is a fine epitaph because Alan was no softie.
28 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:07:11
Alan fond farewell, a member of the blue family has left us.
29 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:12:29
Michael Kenwright? I know he can be an arse but that's just unfair. 🤣🤣🤣
30 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:20:37
TW is definitely a different place these days but in hind sight I think the vitriol from all concerned back then hasn't stood the test of time.
I take the view conversing on the web should be as it would be face to face these days.
31 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:22:53
Haha, guilty as charged - he'll kick off over that.
Apologies Mr Kenrick
32 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:27:52
33 Posted 29/09/2020 at 22:37:56
I suppose you are right, however, it was of the time and now it is much more civilised. Marshy, come back.
34 Posted 29/09/2020 at 23:08:05
That was indeed a long time ago. I hope over the years we've found a better way of dealing with opposing opinions and reducing the personal insults, but that's not always the case – this is the internet, after all.
It looks like Alan continued to post for at least another year or so after that piece, going by a couple more articles that come up when searched, so perhaps him flouncing off in a huff was only temporary?
It is sad when people stop posting. But infinitely sadder for all their loved ones when it's because they are no longer alive.
ps: Andy @ 25... nice words, much appreciated.
35 Posted 29/09/2020 at 23:15:47
36 Posted 29/09/2020 at 23:30:41
And agreed, this site has been life-changing for some of us... I make it a point to express that to Lyndon and Michael every few years. (Not more often than that... don't want them getting soft.)
But as to your comment: "...there has, in 20 years, never been an Evertonian I would not like to have met for a pint."
That's obvious, since you schlepped all the way down to meet me. But I'm not as nice as you are... gotta admit there have been a few here I would prefer to avoid even if every pint was free!
37 Posted 30/09/2020 at 19:59:59
No probs, it was a typo the old concentration is deffo on the wane.
If I don't put the keys in the same place every night the resultant search is akin to an episode of the krypton factor.
38 Posted 01/10/2020 at 14:22:57
I had plenty of up and downers with Alan. He would defend his corner with tigerish tenacity.
I still look in from time to time and yes you are right. Today's posters play an awful lot nicer. The barbed Ruane wit and the terrific returns of service from people like Ciaran McGlone have given way to a far more gentler way of debating.
I must admit. I belong to that time. I would trade several threads of fish puns for just one of Eugene's savage put downs.
I like Darrens Hinds post's. He's got stuff to say and he's certainly not one to run with the pack. I wonder how he would have got on in the shark infested waters we used to swim in.
Btw; Your claim that I wouldn't admit if I was wrong is a little unfair. I simply never had cause to :)
RIP Alan Kirwin. A large glass will be raised in his honor tonight
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