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Sean Thornton in action for Sunderland against Everton in the fourth round of the 2005 FA Cup

Sean Thornton in action for Sunderland against Everton in the fourth round of the 2005 FA Cup

Sean Thornton in action for Sunderland against Everton in the fourth round of the 2005 FA Cup

A mischief-maker had a bit of fun at the expense of retired footballer Seán Thornton with an entry on his Wikipedia page.

It was reported that, when he signed for Athboy Celtic two years ago, "the news spread like wildfire through Athboy and a crowd of around 18 locals lined the streets to welcome the new signing at training". Fake news, as Thornton jokes: "there isn't even 18 people in Athboy".

There was no need to make up a story about Thornton (37) as there are enough true-life tales there already in his 16-year playing career. With his white boots and bleached-blond hair, the teenager made people sit up and take note with a goal, for Sunderland in 2003, in the Premier League against Chelsea.


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