A football fan who paid £10,000 to play for Macclesfield Town lasted only 10 minutes after he limped off with injury.

James Gorfin took the cash-strapped club up on their offer of paying £10,000 in order to play in an official match - in this instance a friendly against Stoke City.

The Manchester United fan went through an entire pre-season training camp just to be fit to play when called upon by the Conference outfit.

But after coming on as a substitute the businessman was immediately on the receiving end of typically crunching tackles from the hard-knock Premier League outfit Stoke.

The 40-year-old took them in his stride however, and with his wife and children watching on in the stands, he nearly scored after just failing to connect with the ball after a perfect cross.

But it was that attempted lunge at the ball that ended his footballing career. James aggravated his groin as he stretched in vain to meet the cross and was forced off.

After the game he said to reporters: “I think everyone reckons they could do better when watching a game but it’s not as easy as that.

“You think you’d have loads of time on the ball but it’s pretty mental how quick the game is and I did get smashed by one of the Stoke lads when I got one of my passes away.”

About his injury he said: “Obviously I’d have loved to have got on that cross and scored but I couldn’t quite sprint quickly enough to get on the end of it.

“I tried to put a burst on and when I stretched, that’s when it went, I felt it straight away.

“I was pretty gutted, it would have been unbelievable if I’d got on the end of that and scored.

“I’m limping around and it’s still hurting but a few drinks in the bar afterwards helped me to recover.

“Before I left, I did mention that if they ever get really short they could give me a ring ... I don’t expect they’ll ever be that short though! ”

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