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Goals to Gold: Trading the football pitch for the financial markets by Lee Sandford

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Chapter One: Hampshire Heaven

Early days in Elephant and Castle

MY FIRST MEMORY of playing football is a somewhat painful one. I was five and my brother Paul was nine. Paul and his friends met up every Saturday to play football on a big concrete area near where we lived. It was probably a series of disused tennis courts that had doubled as netball courts – the kind of nasty, hard surface that could really mess up a kid’s face. I would go along with my dad, who acted as their referee and coach, and watch from the sidelines.

One Saturday I begged dad to let me play and he said I could. I was so excited; I knew I had a lot to prove to these big lads and if I played well, they’d let me play again. Everything was riding on my first appearance. ...

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