Why do the rich become involved in a game like soccer when they should be quaffing gulls' eggs at Glyndebourne? In October 1989, Jack Walker sold his Blackburn-based steel firm to British Steel for £300 million, and sensibly retired to Jersey. In the succeeding 30 months, Walker has proceed to pour £8.25 million into his ex-local "club" to be rewarded by a total of 70 "goals". These work out at £117,857 each, a sum for which Walker could have taken the entire grimy burgh of Blackburn to Cosi fan tutte. Now he has offered to put a further £25 million into the same "club", hoping to remove it from something called "the Second Division". Toady is baffled.
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