St Mirren’s Ross Wallace has given his take on how Anthony Stokes got sent home from a Sunderland away trip that went wrong for the striker.

Wallace is back in Scottish football with the Buddies after a lengthy spell down south. One of the teams he represented during his time south of the border was Sunderland.

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Speaking on the Open Goal podcast, he has told the story of how former SPFL striker Anthony Stokes got in a bit of hot water with then-Black Cats boss Roy Keane over a missed bus journey.

“Stokesy was late for the bus so it took off. But as the bus has pulled off, Stokey has started following it 15 minutes down the motorway,” he said.


“He’s obviously phoned (Liam) Miller because he’s the only one that can go down to Roy and say ‘you’ll need to stop the bus at the next junction.’

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‘He’s (Stokes) asked if the bus can pull over… He’ll just ditch the car, it could have been anywhere. Roy just went ‘Tell him to turn round and go back home.’ All you seen was Stokesy pulling off the junction!”

Experienced pro

Wallace has been there, done it and got the t-shirt when it comes to experience in football. This tale is just one of many the talented utility man will have up his sleeve.

So far, the former Sunderland man has made three Premiership appearances with one assist since arriving in Paisley. After missing action for most of this season after leaving Fleetwood Town in September, games looked set to flow at St Mirren.

But now the league has been put on hold indefinitely as the global health pandemic rumbles on. Who knows when we’ll see the likes of Wallace take to the field again.

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