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Veteran left-winger Foot joins Plymouth's playing ranks - aged 90

LONDON (AFP) - He is certainly familiar with the left wing, but at 90 years old it is fair to say that Plymouth Argyle's newest player might find the pace of the Football League a bit tough.

The second division side's latest recruit is former Labour Party leader and long-standing fan Michael Foot, who has been signed up as a 90th birthday present, Plymouth announced on Wednesday.

With a squad number of 90, Foot's registration as a player has been formally accepted by the Football League, the club said in a statement on their website.

"Manager Paul Sturrock was keeping tight-lipped about his unexpected swoop for Foot, and speculation is bound to centre on whether he will hand the new man his debut against Grimsby," it said.

Foot, who first stood for election to Britain's parliament in 1935, later became a left-leaning minister in a series of Labour governments before leading the party for three years from 1980.

A fervent Plymouth fan for eight decades, Foot will be formally unveiled as a player at a ceremony at the club's at Home Park stadium on Friday, a day before the side's season opener against Grimsby Town.

"We thought it would be really nice for Michael to fulfill a boyhood dream and become a player," Plymouth vice-chairman Peter Jones told the local Western Morning News newspaper.

"It's one of those gifts money just can't buy. Now, whenever Michael goes to a game this season, he will see his name on the Argyle team-sheet in the programme."

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Guest Jeffery S.
quote:Originally posted by Rupert

Good to see AFP quoting my story!

Jason need not worry about losing his place...

Lovely story then Rupert, good work and congrats. No rights for you I guess?

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