DIARY: Lobbyist fantasises about Baddiel finally coming home to football

It will be a terrible shock to all you new lads out there but news reaches me that David Baddiel, Fantasy Football League presenter and footie fan incarnate, may not always have been as football crazy as one might suppose.

It will be a terrible shock to all you new lads out there but news

reaches me that David Baddiel, Fantasy Football League presenter and

footie fan incarnate, may not always have been as football crazy as one

might suppose.



Former university chum Jon McLeod, of Westminster Strategy, tells me

that, at Cambridge, Baddiel was more interested in donning the latest

Goth threads than a football strip.



‘He was very fashionable,’ McLeod recalls. ‘He was noticeably reluctant

to play and more into back-combing his hair than kicking a football.’



Even after university - where Baddiel managed McLeod’s ‘thrash funk’

band The Red Army Choir - it seems Dave was reluctant to take to the

pitch.



‘All my attempts at lobbying him to attend a game at drizzle-soaked

Regent’s Park were in vain,’ McLeod laments. ‘He didn’t come once.’



* Anyone who does want to play footie with McLeod and his Westminster

Strategy chums, as part of a public affairs league, should contact

McLeod on 0171 799 9811.



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