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Fancy a good bet? Vidic for PFA Player of the Year


Let me admit up front that I am NOT a betting man. I don’t even know how to place a football wager so the last impression I want to give is that I have a great knowledge of what I’m talking about. Nevertheless an item on the Manchester United official website drew my attention this week. It highlighted the fact that most United players are strangely way off the pace in the Betfair PFA Player of the Year market.If you fancy the Reds to win the league, then why not back one of the boys to bag the PFA prize? After all, the last four winners have all been Old Trafford based.” it was argued.

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Wages NOT the Glazers are the real culprits


Can someone please convince me that the football world is completely sane and it is I who has gone absolutely crazy! On the anniversary of 50 years since the maximum wage was abolished in 1961, The Professional Footballers' Association says that in 1957 a top England player would have earned a total of £1,677 in wages, bonuses and international match fees in a year. That’s the equivalent of about £75,000 in today’s money – about the amount that many average Premier League players would earn in a week in 2011.

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A career cruelly cut short – Norman Whiteside


Football can offer many rewards both financial and otherwise for those who are successful yet the good days can come to an end at a relatively young age. One such player was Norman Whiteside whose career was certainly not so much a fairy tale as a roller coaster ride of wonderful highs and devastating lows because of chronic injuries.

He will always be remembered for being the youngest at everything. At 17 he was the youngest United player to play for the first team since Duncan Edwards, the youngest to score in an FA Cup Final and the youngest to appear in the 1982 World Cup Finals for Northern Ireland. Those same finals saw him break the previous record set by Pele as the youngest player ever to appear in a World Cup aged 17 years and 41 days old.

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