Can geller do the trick?

20th Feb. 1997

Express & Echo

URI GELLER to buy Exeter City. The very idea is sure to prompt ridicule in many quarters. 

But is it really so outrageous? Celebrity spoonbender Geller would hardly be the first flamboyant figure to take control of a football club.
There was entertainer Elton John at Watford,TV pundit Jimmy Hill is the chairman at Fulham and softporn tycoon David Sullivan owns Birmingham City. The late Eric Morecambe was a director of Luton Town and recently celebrity cook Delia Smith became a director of her favourite club, Norwich City.
The fact is that football has become another arm of the showbusiness world. It attracts the rich and famous keen to inject their flair and hard cash into a local club.
Geller’s interest must, therefore, be regarded with utter seriousness. He is a wealthy and successful personality who is apparently genuinely keen to assist a lower division club.
If nothing else, Geller’s involvement would guarantee City free publicity worth thousands of pounds and give the club the glamour it so obviously lacks.
The initial reaction from fans has been positive. If Geller can offer cash to strengthen a struggling team, they really will be over the spoon!


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