- A Popular Choice At Sporting Dinners
Striker Frank McAvennie made his name in a storming first season playing with West Ham United in 1986. Though he then had a more subdued year, Celtic was still willing to pay £750,000 to take the player from the London club.
Renowned for his consistent goal-scoring ability, especially his superb headers, ‘Maca’ soon returned to form at Parkhead and scored 34 goals in 66 games for the side. The highlight of his Celtic career was scoring twice in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United to give Celtic the double in their centenary year.
Infamous for his champagne lifestyle, McAvennie was no stranger to controversy on the pitch.
During a mid-October Old Firm clash in 1988, he was involved in a scuffle on the pitch which resulted in Rangers goalkeeper Woods, centre-back Butcher and McAvennie being sent off. Unusually, they were then ordered to appear in court on breach of the peace charges along with another Rangers player Graham Roberts.
However, this one incident failed to blemish the popularity of the player who thrilled fans with the devastation caused by his deadly partnership with Andy Walker. They were highly disappointed by his decision to return to West Ham in March 1989 for £1.25million.
He is the only professional footballer to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the only player to play for three separate clubs (St Mirren, West Ham & Celtic) TWICE.
Frank is available for all types of events and is proving a popular choice at Sporting Dinners, with his many interesting and humorous stories from his career.