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George Reynolds, former Darlington owner, had a dream. He was looking to build a 25,000-seater stadium and get the club into the Premier League.
A former bare-knuckle boxer and convicted safecracker, he had amassed his fortune in manufacturing kitchen worktops. Reynolds knew that he would have to spend big money wisely on big footballers – so he went for a character just as large-as-life as himself.
Faustino Asprilla reportedly moved to Newcastle United because he heard it was by the sea – and thus assumed it had bikini-clad locals flocking, too. He was unveiled as a Darlo player, though the deal never actually happened with Tino eventually ghosting his new club.
Unfortunately, this is not a story of a football club who spent huge money and succeeded. Darlington are not on today's list: they're now fan-owned. They're going to have to buy a little more than Asprilla to crack this century…
Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
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