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
Daniel Peter “Danny” Simpson (born 4 January 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Newcastle United.
A product of the Manchester United academy, Simpson has also played on loan for Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers in England and Royal Antwerp in Belgium. He was on loan at Newcastle for six months before signing for them on a permanent basis in January 2010.
He played a solid part in Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League, winning his second Championship title in the process, while forming a right flank partnership with January signing Wayne Routledge. Despite Routledge moving on to
bigger better other things, Simpson has maintained his performances for The Magpies, playing in every game so far during the Premiership season.
On the 4th January 2012, Simpson started for Newcastle during their 3-0 win against Manchester United, and produced a fantastic saving clearance off the line against his old club.
We can all see that Danny is a bit of a dude. How unfortunate though, for an obvious Facebook profile picture to end up on Wikipedia.
Spotted by @MattTickner
Denis Andrés Stracqualursi (born 20 October 1987 in Rafaela) is an Argentine football striker who plays for Everton in the Premier League on loan from Tigre.
Stracqualursi started his playing career in 2007 with Unión de Sunchales in the 3rd division of Argentine football. In 2008 he joined Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Colón de Santa Fe. Stracqualursi joined Tigre for the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season on a one year loan with the option to buy. While Gimnasia struggled to find the net, scoring only 13 goals in total during the 2010 Apertura tournament Straqualursi scored freely for Tigre.
In August 2011 Stracqualursi signed a season-long loan deal with Premier League club Everton and was given squad number 11. Stracqualursi made his first appearance as a substitute in a home game against Wigan.
The Stracq Attack is one tough footballer. I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley, let alone in a nightclub if this is the sort of menacing face he’s going to pull…
Spotted by @Jimmydan
Aaron Wesley Brown (born 14 March 1980 in Bristol) is an English professional footballer who plays for Darlington. A stalwart of a previous nine clubs, Brown signed for Darlington on 20 August 2010.
Darlington suffered financial difficulties during Arnison’s time at the club and his contract was terminated on 16 January 2012, along with the rest of the playing squad and caretaker manager Craig Liddle
Brown was one of the unfortunate players caught up in the Darlington debacle of late 2011, so he’s available for work. I wouldn’t be adding that photo on to his CV though if I were him.
Spotted by @MattTickner
John Frederick Moncur (born 22 September 1966) is an English former footballer. He played in midfield for Tottenham Hotspur, Swindon Town and West Ham United.
Moncur was almost ever-present in Swindon’s Premier campaign, missing just one game. He scored Swindon’s first ever goal in the top flight, a 25 yard free-kick in an opening day 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United. With his creativity and determination, he was a real midfield general.
He was often a substitute for West Ham, particularly in his later career and was used sparing and strategically for the Hammers. Injuries further limited his appearances. Despite this, he became something of a cult figure at Upton Park due to his committed attitude and occasional flash of brilliance as well as reports of his humorous off-field antics. Moncur is a devout Christian having turned to religion during his footballing career in order to help him deal with his anger
Moncur can’t be that much of a devout Christian. The photo shows him peddling at car boot sales. When do they happen? On the Sabbath day…
Spotted by @MirkoBolesan
Neville Southall MBE (born 16 September 1958) is a former Wales international footballer, best known for his time with Everton. He has been described as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation and won the FWA Footballer of the Year award in 1985. He was awarded the MBE in 1995 for his services to football.
Southall joined Everton in 1981 and went on to make a club record 578 appearances in the Football League and Premier League (750 in all competitions) and helped the team to win a number of honours including the league championship and FA Cup on two occasions each and the European Cup Winners Cup. He also played internationally for Wales, winning a record 92 caps between 1982 and 1998.
Since his retirement as a player, Southall has managed a number of non-league teams with little success and has coached the Welsh national youth teams.
Neville Southall, the sweaty man in the picture, also managed Wales once in a caretaker capacity. Which is ironic, as I can think of no-one else in football who looks more like a caretaker than he does…
We will publish five of the best each week. Find the whole collection of Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia here.
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