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Darron Gibson’s war-cry lost in faint breeze

Everton's midfield general has been attempting to rally the troops, reports Back of the Net's John Foster...

Darron GibsonâÂÂs attempt to rally his Everton team-mates in advance of SaturdayâÂÂs game against West Bromwich Albion has proved unsuccessful, according to reports from Goodison Park, after the 24-year oldâÂÂs motivational oration was lost in a light wind.

Everton had just concluded their final training session in advance of SaturdayâÂÂs mid-table clash with the Baggies, when the normally shy Gibson was reportedly seized with the desire to address his team-mates.

But his impassioned pep talk was lost in the gentle spring breeze drifting across Merseyside, leaving his embarrassed colleagues straining unsuccessfully to hear him.

âÂÂIt was pretty awkward,â Phil Jagielka told Back Of The Net. âÂÂDarron was clearly fired up, but we couldnâÂÂt hear a word he was saying.

âÂÂHe was shaking with emotion, and making all these hand gestures, but DarronâÂÂs not got the loudest voice, and I donâÂÂt think anyone could work out what he was getting at.

âÂÂLeighton Baines was lip-reading for a while, and Tim Howard tried to catch DarronâÂÂs eye while miming for him to speak up, but he just kept mumbling on and on.

âÂÂIn the end we all had to stand around politely and watch him get redder and redder, while he opened and closed his mouth like a vehement guppy.âÂÂ

The content of GibsonâÂÂs speech is not known. He reportedly began by praising the clubâÂÂs recent run of results, before the breeze stiffened momentarily, cancelling out his voice except for occasional snatches of words and phrases, like âÂÂpassionâÂÂ, âÂÂfinal thirdâ and âÂÂyoghurtâÂÂ.

At one point, the wind dropped enough for the players to hear Gibson describe the Viking hero Ragnar LodbrokâÂÂs siege of Paris, and compare West Brom manager Roy Hodgson to French king Charles the Bald, before another gust rendered the rest of the sentence inaudible.

âÂÂIt went on for about 15 minutes,â continued Jagielka. âÂÂWhen he was finished, Gibbo had tears in his eyes. I think he ended by reciting the lyrics to The Fields of Athenry, but John Heitinga reckons it was I Will Always Love You.âÂÂ

Back of the Net asked Darron Gibson to comment, but his response was too quiet to be understood.

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