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Footballer in nice guy shocker!

Post by iamarover » Wed May 14, 2008 9:06 am

From todays BBC gossip page:
Birmingham midfielder Olivier Kapo showed his generosity by giving his boot boy James McPike a £30,000 car as an end-of-season thank you. (Daily Mail)
What other examples do you have of professional footballers being nice guys rather than spoilt prats?

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Post by Rover the Top » Wed May 14, 2008 9:12 am

Brett Ormerod once bought me, my mate and my brother a pint each in a pub in Great Harwood. 8) Not the same as a £30k car, obviously, but he had only just joined Blackpool at the time. And we didn't clean his boots.

Further afield, didn't Fernando Redondo once refuse to take his wage because he was injured and didn't think it was fair that he should be paid to do nothing?

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Post by Ethiaa » Wed May 14, 2008 10:08 am

Ulises de la Cruz has been supporting his village with his salary and is now working with some children's charity as well as running his own foundation.

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Post by iamarover » Wed May 14, 2008 10:19 am

What a good egg Mr de la Cruz is! I think i recall hearing about him a while ago.

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Post by Ethiaa » Wed May 14, 2008 10:26 am

Sometime around Saturday, 27 January 2007 no doubt :D

He's been a nice guy for a while.

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Post by Dan » Thu May 15, 2008 12:38 am

Mellberg bought all the travelling fans a shirt on sunday.

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Post by theadore » Thu May 15, 2008 10:27 am

Did they all have Mellberg on the back?

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Post by Ethiaa » Thu May 15, 2008 10:29 am

Kinda like a leaving present then. How kind of him ;)

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Post by Rover the Top » Thu May 15, 2008 10:34 am

theadore wrote:Did they all have Mellberg on the back?
I know he's got the beard, but I don't think he's got any other God-like characteristic, like being everywhere at once (he'd be a much better player if he did :scratch:). So I can't imagine that he'd be on the back of everyone's shirt. Unless only one fan turned up... :scratch:

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Post by RoryoftheRovers » Thu May 15, 2008 11:51 am

it said "thanks 4 the memories" which was nice.

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Post by Rover the Top » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:31 am

See, I had to stop reading that once I read the quote
"It will be my second home. I have no doubt about it."
because the man has made me so cynical about what he says, I automatically added
"Until a bigger country offers me the chance to start a better project."
Fair play to him, though. A lot is made of how much money players earn, but a lot do try to do some good from their privileged positions.

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Post by Gibbon » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:34 am

Rover the Top wrote:See, I had to stop reading that once I read the quote
"It will be my second home. I have no doubt about it."
because the man has made me so cynical about what he says, I automatically added
"Until a bigger country offers me the chance to start a better project."
Fair play to him, though. A lot is made of how much money players earn, but a lot do try to do some good from their privileged positions.

When he was with us I remember a story of him visiting a sick kid in hospital or something - admittedly not on the same scale as donating 650,000 sqillion quid to Sierra Leonne, but still.

Got no complaints about Bellamy, he always seemed to be a pretty decent guy who got a lot of stick as a nasty piece of work due to some of the twisted rage filled expressions his face seemed to naturally fall into. ;) He jumped at his chance to play for Liverpool and it didn't work out. He was still a very good player for us.

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Re: Footballer in nice guy shocker!

Post by iamarover » Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:01 am

from f365 mediawatch on 16/06/2008:
Doing It For The Kids
'Sometimes perceptions can be wide of the mark, in which case we should be reappraising Craig Bellamy. The Wales and West Ham United forward is announcing plans today to bring a football structure, an education structure and millions of pounds of investment into Sierra Leone, the war-ravaged West African nation' - The Times, May 6.

'Soccer bad boy Craig Bellamy faces fresh shame after it was claimed he attacked a charity worker in Africa. Shocked witnesses said the striker went into a rage after losing money in a casino following an all-day drinking session. They claimed West Ham and Wales star Bellamy, who is in war-torn Sierra Leone to promote his football foundation, grabbed the charity worker in a headlock and wrestled him to the floor' - The Sun, June 16.

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Re: Footballer in nice guy shocker!

Post by rover_stalk? » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:23 am

"They know everything about the Premier ... re he went

ahhh. so thats what he ment by home from home. :D

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