Friday, November 29, 2013

Quote of the day

"Players would gamble on the bus and I got involved. We would take thousands of pounds onto the bus, anything up to £30,000. It might change hands playing cards on the bus, we would go to the bank before and take out the money. It was part of team bonding. We were playing for real cash, if you were playing for £30,000 you would have it with you at the time."

Giving evidence in a court case, Michael Chopra reveals the extent of the gambling culture at Newcastle during his time at the club. He also admitted that the "main reason" for signing for the Mackems was to use the signing-on fee to pay off his debts. Clearly, desperate times call for very desperate measures...

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