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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 August, 2003, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Plymouth honour left-winger Foot
Former Labour Party leader Michael Foot
Foot has realised a boyhood dream
Plymouth have signed former Labour Party leader and long-standing fan Michael Foot as a 90th birthday present.

The veteran left-winger has been given a squad number of 90 after his registration as a player was formally accepted by the Football League.

"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," said a statement on Plymouth's official website.

Foot, who first stood for election in 1935, later became a minister in a series of Labour governments before leading the party for three years from 1980.

A 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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