In today’s day and age, with transfer fees and player salaries rising to astronomical heights and billionaire owners pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Europe’s biggest clubs, we often overlook the fact that for most ordinary clubs, every day is a struggle.
For English League Two side Accrington Stanley, things have gotten so bad that the club was unable to pay their yearly tax bill, and as a result was facing a transfer embargo by the FA. With no money for new players, the upcoming season seemed an impossible task for a club, but then new manager James Beattie (formerly a player of Everton and Southampton) stepped in to cover all the costs, allowing the team to put together the best team possible for their upcoming campaign.
Thank you all for your good luck messages. Very much appreciated. Excited for the new season. As prepared as we can be. Time for business ⚽⚽— James Beattie (@1jamesbeattie) August 2, 2013
Beattie isn’t the first footballer to show some generosity in a sport muddled with money-grabbers. Barcelona star Andres Iniesta recently saved his boyhood club Albacete from relegation.