Welcome to Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia
Wikipedia has changed the educational landscape as we know it. Gone are the days when knowledge was gained through dusty encyclopedias and local wisdom, hearsay and rumourmongering.
Nowadays, people simply need to access Wikipedia in order to pass off facts as their own, plagiarise beyond all means in academia, sully the reputation of Hollywood movie stars – all in the name of ‘free education for all’.
Wikipedia’s framework is built on the Wikimedia Commons project – a media file repository making available‘public domain and freely-licensed educational media content’ - that is, no ‘copyrighted’ content.
Which is why we see Bob Wilson, a Scottish international goalkeeper, a man with more than 230 Arsenal appearances under his belt, a respected television broadcaster, paying for petrol in Hatfield, Hertfordshire as his official Wikipedia photograph. He isn’t the only one however. There are many, many more…
Here are five of the best that were submitted this week, in no particular order:
Spotted by @MattTickner
Elinton Sanchotene Andrade (born 30 March 1979, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul) is a Brazilian goalkeeper currently playing for Olympique de Marseille in the French Ligue 1
The 32 year-old has had a somewhat nomadic career, most notably in Brazil, playing for CFZ do Rio, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama before coming to European shores with Romanian giants Rapid București. After two seasons in Bucharest, Andrade joined Marseille in the summer of 2009.
A modern-day scourge of Jim White’s televisual hyperbole, we often see players leaving training grounds in cars, but Andrade seems scared, almost wanting to escape. I wonder who’s driving the car?
Spotted by @Jimmydan
Ronald “Ronnie” Wallwork (born 10 September 1977) is an English former professional footballer who can play as either a defender or a midfielder.
An England U-20 international, Wallwork began his career at Manchester United making his professional debut in 1997. During his time at Old Trafford, he was loaned out to Carlisle United, Stockport County and Royal Antwerp, before joining West Bromwich Albion on a permanent deal in 2008. He later played for Bradford City, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday. In December 2011, Wallwork was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of receiving stolen goods.
Oh, Ronnie’s driving the car. We can see why Andrade wanted to get out…
Spotted by @chris_harvey85
Mark Wright (born 1 August 1963, in Dorchester, Oxfordshire, England) is an English football manager and former England international football player.
As a player, he had spells with Liverpool, Derby County, Southampton and Oxford United during the 1980s and 1990s. He made 45 appearances for the English national football team, and was a member of the team which reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in 1990.
After retiring as a player in 1998, Wright has gone on to manage Chester City, Peterborough United, Oxford United and Southport.
Continuing the car theme, here’s Mark Wright at what appears to be a Driver’s Awareness Course.
Spotted by @TheYoungMcMahon
Paul McGrath (born 4 December 1959) is a retired Irish footballer, who played as a defender. McGrath is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever come out of Ireland.
In a career greatly hampered by physical and off-the-field problems, he played 14 professional seasons with Aston Villa and Manchester United (seven apiece). A tough tackler, he often defied medical knowledge, due to the conditioning of his knees.
During his time at Aston Villa, McGrath won the PFA Player of the Year award at the end of the 1992-93 season, as Villa finished second in the Premier League, behind his former employers Manchester United.
Also a long-time member of the Republic of Ireland national team, he appeared at the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, the team’s first-ever international tournament.
What’s in the can Paul… WHAT’S IN THE CAN PAUL!?
Spotted by @weekspotblog
Giovanni Trapattoni (born 17 March 1939), sometimes known as “Trap” or “Il Trap”, is an Italian football coach and former player, considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A. As a player he was part of Italy’s squad at the 1962 FIFA World Cup.
One of the most celebrated managers in football history, Trapattoni is one of only two coaches, alongside the Austrian Ernst Happel, to have won the league title in four different countries (Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Austria). Alongside the German Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles, and is the only coach to have won all UEFA club competitions and the World Club title.
Currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, Trappattoni has led them through a successful UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign after narrowly missing out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to a controversial handball incident.
As a Milan native, it is obvious that Trappattoni will be used to the sun. However, it is apparent that he wasn’t in any way prepared for the scorching heat of Dublin – forgetting to pack his Factor 25, he’s been hit good and proper by those famous Eire rays (No, not that Ray again).
We will publish five of the best each week. Find the whole collection of Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia here.
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