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Dream job for Man U stats expert

Andrew Edwards
Andrew Edwards is putting his remarkable memory to good use

If you think you know everything about Manchester United, you should meet Andrew Edwards.

The 23-year-old from Wrexham, who has autism, has an extraordinary ability to remember facts and figures.

So much that he works as a statistician for club channel MUTV, after coming to its attention when he won a quiz.

"From one still picture Andrew can give you the match, its date, the score, who scored, even the ref's name - it's incredible," said a spokesman.

"He's rarely wrong.

"And there's nothing he couldn't tell you about the Welsh Premier League too."

He went to MUTV on a day placement in 2002, and then was taken on help out pundits and commentators, after they realised his phenomenal capacity to remember statistics about the club.

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He started doing one day a month, then one day a week, and now works three days a week.

He is employed as a senior researcher with the television channel and is also helping former player Lou Macari write his autobiography.

"I've been following Man United since the age of six, and I've always been interested in the facts," he said.

"I remember doing a quiz when I was seven at a local pub, and I got every question right - so I was always meant to do this.

"Some facts are in my head, but I've also got two big carry cases full of books with things like bizarre facts on opposition players.

"There've been some very rough patches in my life but fortunately I've had a very good mother, a very good sister, a good brother-in-law, and about a dozen very good mates."

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