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    According to the British paper The Daily Mail, The Vancouver Whitecaps are supposedly courting Hartlepool United striker Adam Boyd. With Atiba Harris being the only striker currently signed to the squad that can play before September, the club will be scouring the planet over the next 30 days to find a couple of lads to put the ball in the net. Atiba Harris' career high for goals in a season is 4, so hopefully help is on the way. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]

    While I can't say that I have ever seen Boyd play his reputation does precede him, here is a wonderful excerpt from a Guardian article from September 2005 (oh the good old days).

    Anyone who genuinely thinks that Fowler is the last of a breed should get out more. Preferably to Victoria Park, Hartlepool. There was much merriment in the tabloids last week at the tale of Pool's striker Adam Boyd who had been forced to flee semi-naked across a "posh estate" after the ex-boyfriend of the woman he was in bed with at the time had turned up drunk from a stag night and assaulted him. It was in many ways a fitting means for Boyd to come to national attention for, if there is anyone out there determined to disprove the age-old cry that there just aren't the charac ters in the game any more, he is that man.

    There is an air of Frank Worthington about Boyd. He is tall, stands erect and has uncommon skill - a huge repertoire of feints and dummies, shoulder drops and swerves. Not since Farrah Fawcett has one person possessed quite so many flicks. There is no doubt in my mind that, if the 23-year-old could cover 10 yards even a split-second faster than a fully laden milk float, he would be very famous indeed. Pace, though, is not his strong suit. In possession Boyd is elegant but he runs as if his knees are welded, leaning backwards like a nervous child on roller skates.

    Middlesbrough and Sunderland have sent scouts to Victoria Park to look at him. He is valued at £1m but no offer has yet come. There may be other reasons for this beyond a lack of speed. According to newspaper reports, Boyd's marked improvement last season came after he had lost weight following manager Neale Cooper's advice to "lay off the pies". In Hartlepool Boyd's fondness for pies is well known. Rumour has it that some evenings he goes out and has a dozen or more pies, so many in fact that he is often seen late at night staggering about from the sheer weight of all the meat and pastry.

    Somehow the math is completely wrong on his statistics table on Wikipedia, but what else is new?

    Due to his apparent love of pies, hopefully he isn't put up in the Sutton Place Hotel like Kyle Wellwood of the Canucks was. Wellwood could regularly be seen at the pub across the street munching down on the chicken and mushroom pies.

    Upon notifying the head chef that the kind, young man who comes in hammers back a pie or two was the player everyone call Well-fed, he was nearly reduced to tears. True story.

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