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Unlikely lads

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Astragal has become increasingly excited at the growing numbers of association footballers investing their hard-earned pennies in things architectural. Who can forget Sol Campbell’s decision to buy one of the starchitect-designed ‘Landmark homes’ in the Cotswolds – a house which included space for his collection of double-decker buses. And how heartwarming it was to see former England winger and floppy-haired fop Steve McManaman at the sales launch for flats in Manchester’s massive Beetham Tower. McManaman (Big Mac) and newborn offspring (Mini Mac) were seen loitering on the periphery of the bash to showcase the £350,000-a-pop apartments in (Long Black Mac-wearing) Ian Simpson’s skyscraper. However the Scouser was grumbling that his two already-bought flats were not yet ready. Shame. Perhaps his old pal and unlikely property tycoon Robbie Fowler has a space in one of his many terraces available in the meantime…

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