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Paddy Power turns Farnborough FC into the greatest team of all time

by Rob Dore | August 13, 2013

You may have heard about Paddy Power’s deal with Farnborough FC before today. You shouldn’t have. Tuesday  was supposed to be the big reveal and a member of our marketing department is being flogged with rubber hoses as you read this. People in marketing like that kind of thing.

So the news is out that Paddy Power has taken over as Farnborough’s main sponsor, saving them from administration in the process. We heard you, Farnborough fans.

On top of slathering their kit and stadium with a generous helping of our new logo, we’ve also helped them put together the strongest line-up of players the world has ever seen. On paper.

ZZ TOPS: With Zidane, Messi and Cruyff in the line-up, promotion is on the cards

ZZ TOPS: With Zidane, Messi and Cruyff in the line-up, promotion is on the cards

The players of the Skrill Conference South side have  changed their names by deed poll to those of the greatest footballers to have graced a football pitch. From Gordon Banks in goal to Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona outfield. Of course John Terry is in on the action just in case they win something. Even team manager Spencer Day is getting in on the fun and will now stalk the sidelines under his new moniker, José Mourinho.

IT'S A SPECIAL ONE: Paddy and José shake on it after confirming a deal to save the club

IT’S A SPECIAL ONE: Paddy and José shake on it after confirming a deal to save the club

José, formerly known as Spencer Day, had this to say about the crucial deal:

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.

Farnborough’s star-packed line-up will now play at the newly renamed Paddy Power Park. As with anything Paddy Power does there will undoubtedly be critics of this deal. We’re a big company taking advantage of a vulnerable club, or some such twaddle. The truth is without this deal yet another club could have gone bust. Which is not what any true football fan wants. So basically if you criticise us at all then clearly you hate football and you spit on babies. Ahem.

The rest of the coaching staff have joined the manager by adopting new names, with all but one taking those of coaching legends. Assistant-manager Leigh Dynan has been landed with Paddy Power. It’s not a bad name but when it comes to football it carries as much weight as a ‘Wayne Rooney book of the month’ club.

Paddy Power is fully behind ensuring the survival of Farnborough FC and if you want to join the adventure then sign up to the Farnborough Team Page today on

Check back for regular updates on the adventures of Messi and co in the Skrill Conference South this season. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, photos and videos of some of the biggest names football has ever known.


Farnborough full squad list

Kevin Ainsley SCRIVEN – Gordon BANKS
Joshua Adam HUGGINS – Lothar MATTHAÜS
Adam Hugh DOYLE – Paolo MALDINI
Alan Francis INNS – Alan HANSEN
Thomas Andrew McGARRY – Franz BECKENBAUER
Reece Nicholas JONES – George BEST
Stephen Thomas LAIDLER – Paul GASCOIGNE
Merrick Anthony JAMES-LEWIS – Zinedine ZIDANE
Tyrone Michael Justin BERRY –  Johann CRUYFF
Daniel BENNETT – Lionel MESSI
Reece William CONNOLLY – Gary LINEKER
David Charles TARPEY – Diego MARADONA
Spencer DAY – José MOURINHO
Leigh James Thomas DYNAN – Paddy POWER
Simon John GARDENER – Sir Alex Fergurson
Roger Leslie PEIRCE – Terry Venables

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  1. Tom said on August 13, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Class! All bookies should be as gereous

  2. Gary Thornton said on August 13, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Looking forward to buying the kit now! Any idea when season ticket prices are to be announced?

  3. Steve said on August 13, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I’m sure they would be if they knew what the word gereous meant. #spellcheck

  4. Simon said on August 13, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Why not just save the club rather then turning it into yet another advertising vehicle for your company? It’s making a mockery of the lower leagues really isn’t it.

  5. Dan said on August 13, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Ex man utd players you that are closer to being in a world XI than David Beckham:

    Eric Cantona
    Paul Scholes
    Roy Keane
    Bobby Charlton
    Dennis Law
    Ryan Giggs
    Ruud van Nistlerooy
    Duncan Edwards (even though he sadly never reached his prime)

  6. Paul said on August 13, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    We’ve got the Emirates Stadium, the Etihad, the Reebok, and more. This is a fun way of investing in football, and creating the greatest team ever. Much better than Subbuteo.

  7. big mean bunny said on August 13, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    “So basically if criticise us at all then clearly you hate football and you spit on babies. Ahem.”

    proof reader got the day off?

  8. Simon said on August 13, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    So if you supported Farnborough you would want to go and watch your team turned into ‘Paddy Power’ united?

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  10. Paul said on August 13, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Hey, Big Mean Bunny.
    Yeah, proof reader got the bullet to pay for the Farnborough shirts. Tough gig.

  11. Ian said on August 13, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    This will bring he great names back to FIFA 2014 anyway!

  12. John said on August 13, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Hey Paddy you & farnborough should raffle off appearances for the club… ie You make 5 E bet & are offered a chance to win a appearance for Farnborough for a extra euro or two.. At the end of the season several lucky winners get to play in some meaningless league games or friendlys…. Youd be the Willy Wonka of the football world and Farnborough the Golden Ticket and itd make Farnborough some dosh and get u more advertising. (altho really if you could get FC Barcelona to do this it would be a million times better) !!!!!

  13. What effect will the Farnborough/Paddy Power deal have on us? | Claret Army said on August 13, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

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  14. Richard Hudson said on August 13, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Take it for what it is a bit of craic have to hand it to Paddy Power and as someone who has definitely contributed to Paddys coffers its nice to see them re-distribute. To a football club………although saying that the odd free bet to customers wouldn’t go astray either.

  15. fred the red aka lee harvey oswald said on August 13, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    why are people so negative about this, it gives the club a much need cash injection and also some major publicity and it give us Boro fans something to smile about.

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  17. Robert Ryan said on August 13, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Another stroke of Paddy Power genius.. Great idea and what a way to save a football club?

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