Monday 26 June 2017

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

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.

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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