Plymouth have signed former Labour Party leader and long-standing fan Michael Foot as a 90th birthday present.
Foot has realised a boyhood dream
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
"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."