Farnborough FC ‘sign’ Messi, Peléand Beckenbauer as part of Paddy Power sponsorship deal 

Manchester United and Chelsea may feel that they have missed out on their key transfer targets, but the same cannot be said of Skrill Conference South outfit Farnborough FC who, this Saturday, are unveiling Lionel Messi, Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer as part of their starting line up!

 But this isn’t just another oil-rich oligarch takeover. In a world football first brokered by bookmaker Paddy Power, every player in the first team squad of Farnborough FC has changed their name by deed poll to that of a legendary footballer in their respective position – meaning the most star-studded team ever assembled will be kicking off against the might of Chelmsford City this Saturday.

 

Instead of a line-up including the likes of Bennett, Inns and Treacher, the yellow kit of Hampshire’s finest will be adorned with all-time great names like Gascoigne, Best, Pelé, Banks and Beckenbauer.  Additionally the manager of Farnborough FC, formerly known as Spencer Day, has become Boro’s very own ‘Special One’ by changing his name to Chelsea favourite José Mourinho

 

The partnership between Paddy Power and Farnborough FC came just in time for ‘Boro’. Having been trapped in administration since April, the club’s future looked more precarious than Pardew’s future job prospects. The deal with Paddy Power sees them become title sponsors of the club, which will include kit branding and stadium sponsorship.

 

José Mourinho (previously Spencer Day) of Farnborough FC said:

 

“Over the summer it looked touch and go whether we’d even start the season, but now we’ve got by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. Although it’s not all good news, Pelé and Maradona have almost come to blows over who gets to wear the number 10.”

 

        José Mourinho & Paddy Power shake hands on the deal

Paddy Power, of Paddy Power, added: “We hear you, Farnborough FC. Not only does our support help secure the future of a great club but, in the modern world of sky-high money for season tickets, fans can forget the Nou Camp and now need only to travel to Paddy Power Park to see some of the world’s greatest in action.”  

 

He continues, “We’re waiting with bated breath for their opener on Saturday to see how Farnborough’s rivals deal with a frontline led by Pelé and Messi – and a defence marshalled by our captain Hansen. Hopefully Zidane keeps a cool head in midfield and doesn’t end up in our Ball of Shame season review!”

Last night Spencer Day spoke about the clubs exit from administration “It is well known that I was fronting a back up bid in the event that an acceptable bid was not forthcoming.

Two weeks ago I transferred a significant six figure sum into the Administrators client account, when I believed that no obvious party would be able to satisfy Rob Prince and my debt position.

We were left with no choice but to put in more money and now with the CVA under control, which was our previous issue feel that we have the right base to move forward.

It is my personal intention to only remain financially involved with the club for six months or so for reasons I have previously stated.

I wish to remain purely the football manager, we could not walk away from the club with nothing having put in so much time effort and money over the last 18 months.

A new Board of Directors will be convened within a week of which we hope local barrister Ed Connell will Chair.

I have invited Kev Dyer to be a fans representative on the board an a number of new individuals will be introduced to the club within the next week.

With this fresh start we felt that the club now has a great chance of moving forward and being sustainable.

Within the last few days this process has been supplemented by agreeing in principle a substantial sponsorship deal with Paddy Power.

There support of this club in such a brief period of time has been nothing short of amazing and their financial commitment as the main sponsor will further enhance the change to sustainability.

The “Bit of Fun” with regards to the players names is just that and it has been great to see everyone at the club walking around with a smile on their face when it is discussed.

We have every intention of pushing the club forward and this starts on Saturday when we will commence our Skrill South campaign here at Paddy Power Park against Chelmsford City and thanks to the generosity of Paddy Power, subject to Conference approval we will be offering both home and away supporters free entrance to the game.

We will make further announcements regarding season tickets after we have consulted the fans next week.

We are delighted to announce the signing of Scott Donnelly whom you will all remember from his brief spell at the club last season, and welcome him to the club.

We have also contacted the two contractors who are required to complete the works for us to apply for certification of the PRE stand, those works will commence imminently.

The bar and kitchen are also high on the priority for an overhaul.

We hope that the fans will now be able to put behind them the traumatic summer and look forward with renewed optimism to the future.

There are a number of people I would like to thank, none more so that the staff who have kept the club running in difficult circumstances, although this whole process has taught me where loyalties lie and where my real friends are.”

Previous Name

Legend Name

Position

Kevin Ainsley SCRIVEN

Gordon BANKS

Goalkeeper

Oliver George TREACHER

Silva Rocha ROBERTO CARLOS

Defender

Joshua Adam HUGGINS

Lothar MATTHAÜS

Defender

Adam Hugh DOYLE

Paolo MALDINI

Defender

Alan Francis INNS

Alan HANSEN

Defender

Paul Jinnah MASSAQUOI

Marcos Evangelista de Moraes CAFU

Defender

Nathan KOO-BOOTHE

Bobby MOORE

Defender

Thomas Andrew McGARRY

Franz BECKENBAUER

Defender

Reece Nicholas JONES

George BEST

Midfield

Stephen Thomas LAIDLER

Paul GASCOIGNE

Midfield

Scott Paul DONNELLY

David BECKHAM

Midfield

Merrick Anthony JAMES-LEWIS

Zinedine ZIDANE

Midfield

Tyrone Michael Justin BERRY

Johann CRUYFF

Midfield

Daniel BENNETT

Lionel MESSI

Strikers

Reece William CONNOLLY

Gary LINEKER

Strikers

David Charles TARPEY

Diego MARADONA

Strikers

Elvis Zark HAMMOND

Edson Arantes do Nascimento PELÉ

Strikers

Spencer DAY

José MOURINHO

Manager

Leigh James Thomas DYNAN

Paddy POWER

Assistant Manager

Simon John GARDENER

Sir Alex Fergurson

First-Team Coach

Roger Leslie PEIRCE

Terry Venables

Kit Man