Macclesfield Town, a cash-strapped Conference Premier soccer team from England, thought it could make some quick cash by offering the first-ever pay-for-play roster spot. For $31,000, said the team, any bloke off the street could come on down and play in a real conference game (your move, NHL).
But when word got out, conference officials put the kibosh on that. So the team downsized the offer: $15,000 to play in a pre-season game.
Macclesfield Town fan James Gorfin, 40, paid up and worked out for a week with the team leading up to its friendly on Saturday with Stoke City. And …
Gorfin played nine minutes before leaving the field with a groin injury.
That comes to about $1,670 per minute of playing time.
“I pulled my groin during training on Friday,” Gorfin admitted.
“If it had just been a five-a-side with my mates I wouldn’t have played but I wanted to have a go. I think a little bit of me had been trying to show that I could handle myself among these players.”
Remember Macclesfield Town's 'controversial' pay to play scheme a few weeks ago? Someone paid. Well done James Gorfin, Silkmen debutant.
— Matthew Brown (@mattbrown01) August 3, 2013
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