What We Know
What We Know from the article on 12 May 2012:
In a season where he got relegated from the Premiership on the final day, it was with 5 minutes to go in the game that his team groaned due to a goal going in ‘at the other end of the country’ that consigned his team to relegation.
This would also be his last game for the club.
TSF’s wage was ‘the best part of £100,000 per month’ in this relegation season.
After this relegation TSF did go on to play in the Premiership again.
What We Know from the article on 5 May 2012:
What We Know from the article on 28 April 2012:
TSF is ‘not getting very far’ in football at this time.
What We Know from the article on 21 April 2012:
TSF played in a team that won promotion to the Premiership.
TSF is not Jason Roberts.
What We Know from the article on 14 April 2012:
What We Know from the article on 7 April 2012:
TSF has mad a ‘big-money move’ and suffered in a similar way to Any Carroll as a result.
He is not a Liverpool fan.
What We Know from the article on 31 March 2012:
He’s not Joey Barton.
What We Know from the article on 24 March 2012:
What We Know from the article on 17 March 2012:
What We Know from the article on 10 March 2012:
TSF possibly played for a club who promoted their number 2 to manager and subsequently failed to get results.
At his last club he played under a number 2 who was a carbon copy of Phil Neal in this documentary.
What We Know from the article on 3 March 2012:
TSF has played as captain.
He played one match under a stand-in captain who wore a big tubi-grip with a marker pen-written ‘C’ as his captain’s armband.
The most successful captain he played under was ‘unappreciated’ and ‘will go down as one of the most successful [captains] in the club’s history without really earning it’.
What We Know from the article on 25 February 2012:
Possible clue that he plays in the Paul Scholes role, when his manager told him, ‘What do you want me to say, that you’re not even half the player Paul Scholes is?’
What We Know from the article on 18 February 2012:
TSF ‘not too long ago played for a club that got itself into a tight spot financially and the upshot was redundancies’.
What We Know from the article on 11 February 2012:
‘Not too long ago’ TSF was part of a ‘very successful team’, and he was ‘one of the team’s best players’.
What We Know from the article on 4 February 2012:
What We Know from the article on 28 January 2012:
TSF is routinely booed at a certain ground, due to a story made up in a paper that he refused to sign for them.
What We Know from the article on 21 January 2012:
What We Know from the article on 14 January 2012:
What We Know from the article on 7 January 2012:
TSF played in the lower leagues in the early part of his career.
In this period TSF once played against Liverpool for a lower league team.
TSF once got changed in front of an arriving crowd for a game due to ceiling collapse in the changing room. Were you part of that crowd??
What We Know from the article on 31 December 2011:
What We Know from the article on 24 December 2011:
What We Know from the article on 17 December 2011:
What We Know from the article on 10 December 2011:
What We Know from the article on 3 December 2011:
TSF was diagnosed with depression at the end of 2010.
What We Know from the article on 26 Novemeber 2011:
What We Know from the article on 19 Novemeber 2011:
What We Know from the article on 12 Novemeber 2011:
TSF is ‘no saint on the football pitch‘.
TSF had a teammate who had a girlfriend that was a famous singer.
What We Know from the article on 5 Novemeber 2011:
What We Know from the article on 29 October 2011:
What We Know from the article on 22 October 2011:
What We Know from the article on 15 October 2011:
He’s not Wayne Rooney
What We Know from the article on 8 October 2011:
What We Know from the article on 1 October 2011:
He’s not Jack Wilshere, Tom Huddleston or Owen Hargreaves.
What We Know from the article on 24 September 2011:
Played for a chairman who ‘loved showing his club off to friends’.
What We Know from the article on 17 September 2011:
What We Know from the article on 10 September 2011:
Confirmation of what we knew from Feb 5th, that he grew up on a council estate, adding this time that it was a ‘multicultural’ one. TSF is white because he talks of the first time he was confronted with racism and it being towards his friends with whom he’d grown up with on a mutlicultural council estate. He has a good friend who is an African player that played in Russia.
What We Know from the article on 3 September 2011:
What We Know from the article on 27 August 2011:
He once successfully completed a transfer on deadline day.
What We Know from the article on 20 August 2011:
He has played for a newly promoted Premier League club.
What We Know from the article on 13 August 2011:
He had an ‘above average’ first season as a professional and he has been dropped for a season opener.
What We Know from the article on 21 May 2011:
He has been involved in a last day relegation battle. The manager at the time “sat (the players) down to watch a montage of their best pieces from the season”. It is known that Roy Hodgson has adopted this technique.
What We Know from the article on 14 May 2011:
What We Know from the article on 7 May 2011:
He thinks Howard Webb is the best ref. Thinks Rob Styles was an awful ref. Nothing near to a big clue this week though.
What We Know from the article on 30 Apr 2011:
He played with Paolo Di Canio: “I played with a foreign player who was a master at winning free-kicks after minimal contact. Our manager loved him and would say to us: “You all need to be more streetwise like Paolo” “
What We Know from the article on 23 Apr 2011:
“So what can we conclude from all of this? A couple of things: that my daughter will be told to stay away from footballers” – TSF has a daughter
What We Know from the article on 9 Apr 2011:
TSF “once won a free-kick playing at Old Trafford and a Manchester United player brought the ball over to the spot where it was to be taken from and handed it to the referee.” – Almost certainly not a goalkeeper.
“My wife told me that last week two girls no older than 13 or 14 were shouting the F-word at anybody who came near them…” – He’s currently married. “…Apparently I came in for a particularly vicious barrage after miscontrolling a pass” – he played a match at some point towards the end of March/beginning of April 2011.
“I still grew up to be a footballer and, may I say, a fairly well-adjusted one, and that is because of my upbringing and the values that were instilled in me. My dad preferred to scholar me on the game rather than stick a finger up at the opposition’s striker after he scored.” – He had a strong father figure
What We Know from the article on 2 Apr 2011:
He played with a group of French players at one club and ‘whenever they spoke in French around the training ground one of the English lads would shout: “English only, please.”‘
He played with “a striker who refused to move unless the pass went exactly where he wanted it” – Di Canio? Hasslebaink? Anelka? Berbatov? …?
What We Know from the article on 26 Mar 2011:
As the article begins, Rudyard Kipling is a hero of TSF
“If Capello had stayed put on the continent and the FA was today casting its net for a tough, no nonsense and successful manager, I’d have said they needed the Italian to steer the ship for us.” – Referring to England as us, TSF is English.
What We Know from the article on 19 Mar 2011:
Not a lot to report here. You could read in to the fact he has played for a club with a gambling culture and look to find evidence of this. But I would have thought there are many more clubs with a gambling culture than is common knowledge.
What We Know from the article on 12 Mar 2011:
He’s not gay, so that rules out … no one.
What We Know from the article on 5 Mar 2011:
Very little on offer here. Just confirmation that he’s an older player, which we already know.
What We Know from the article on 26 Feb 2011:
“I have seen defenders hold people off for at least 15 yards just to win a goal-kick. Anywhere else on the pitch it would be a foul.” – Suggests he’s not a defender.
What We Know from the article on 19 Feb 2011:
“I’ve played for great managers, and I’ve also played for one or two where I would happily have faked my own death if it meant not working with them a minute longer” – Suggests he’s played under at least 4 managers.
Talking about a manager losing the dressing room: “At one club I played for, it was because of a shared belief that our tactics were flawed, that this was making us look like poor players and, in turn, lose matches.” – So he played for a team whose manager ‘lost the dressing room’.
“A friend of mine recently told me his team lacked any clear direction or ambition and, as a result, problems came about which had not been addressed. He said things got so bad that a group of players even began to raise the possibility that it could be a deliberate ploy by the manager to get himself sacked.” – Given that he states this was ‘recent’ it would seem this is reference to Roy Hodgson at Liverpool. If so he has a friend who plays for Liverpool.
Talking about the manager who still wanted to be a player: “…despite the fact that he knew I had a long-term girlfriend” – had a ‘long term girlfriend’ as a younger player.
“I had been playing for the manager in question for a long time … a man who had all the answers and knew what was best, a man who I looked up to as a god of the game … it was a misjudgment by him to seek help from me, and it showed him up as a man who, at the time, was troubled” – Played for one manager for a long time who was seen as a great before ‘losing it’ …at a time when The Secret Footballer was becoming a senior player.
“It turned out that, unlike Redknapp, he was not the Messiah” – He thinks Harry Redknapp is the Messiah!
What We Know from the article on 12 Feb 2011:
“I remember being in talks for a move from one Premier League club to another” – goes on to say he made the move. So he has had a transfer between 2 Premier League clubs.
What We Know from the article on 5 Feb 2011:
“…when I think back to when I was kicking a flat ball around a council estate with holes in my Nike hand-me-downs” – For at least part of his childhood he was brought up on a council estate …well it rules out a few i suppose.
“To let you into my mind, when I find myself the subject of a transfer and subsequent contract negotiations” – A player that has completed at least one transfer (i.e. not a Ryan Giggs!)
What We Know from the article on 29 Jan 2011:
“What if Sky Sports offered me Andy Gray’s job? Not a chance.” – Not a fan of punditry, thus unlikely to be a player who appears as a pundit.
What We Know from the article on 22 Jan 2011:
“There’s a striking clause in my Premier League contract” – Seems to be talking in the present tense so we can pretty much assume he is a current Premier League player. But there is possibly a chance he still has a Premier League contract despite playing elsewhere.