Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Keep grinding guys': Shaquille O'Neal lends support to Northampton Town

Published 15/02/2016 | 22:41

Shaquille O'Neal co-owns a radio station in the United States with Kelvin Thomas, the new chairman of Northampton Town
Shaquille O'Neal co-owns a radio station in the United States with Kelvin Thomas, the new chairman of Northampton Town

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has posted a video backing Northampton Town as the Midlands club bid to win promotion this season.

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The Cobblers are sitting five points clear at the top of League Two and the former NBA player said he would like to visit the team's Sixfields Stadium for a game in the future.

The player, known as Shaq and measuring 2.16 metres (7 feet 1 inch), co-owns a radio station in the United States with Kelvin Thomas, the new chairman of the club.

In a 30-second video clip, the former LA Laker said: "I just wanted to wish Kelvin and all the Cobblers best of luck. First place is where I like to be and it's great to see you guys at the top.

"Looking forward to coming to Sixfields at some point to see a match.

"Keep grinding guys, I know you're going to be the champs."

Fans of the club joked O'Neal could prove useful on the pitch given his stature.

On Facebook, Anthony Kilgannon said: "He would be handy when we get a corner."

And Owen Holland added: "Score on just about every corner, just teach him not to use his hands!"

Others were surprised to see the 43-year-old spurring the club on in his video message.

Among the comments on YouTube were people calling the video "brilliant" and "unexpected".

User Jerome Jenkins added: "Shaquille O'Neal?! Please tell me I'm dreaming."

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