The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

THE world of Twit­ter caught fire when

Glad­i­a­tor star Rus­sell Crowe sug­gested he could be in­ter­ested in buy­ing Leeds United this week.

The club have since come out and poured cold wa­ter over the idea, which is a shame as the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor was set to use all his show­biz con­tacts – with a bit of help from The Foot

ball League Pa­per – to come up with a for­mi­da­ble Leeds team.

The New Zealand-born ac­tor was ad­vised to line up a swoop on foot­ball film Es­cape to Victo

ry to bring in goal­keeper Sylvester Stal­lone and ex­pe­ri­enced right-back Michael Caine.

He would have played him­self in the heart of de­fence along­side The Ter­mi­na­tor, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, whose job was go­ing to be to de­stroy op­po­si­tion for­wards.

And the child­hood Leeds fan was ea­ger to bring in at­tack­ing full-back Rambo at left-back.

“He’s an ex­plo­sive player with a shoot on sight pol­icy,” said the Hol­ly­wood star.

Crowe had sug­gested snap­ping up the tire­less Forrest Gump to play in cen­tral mid­field.

“He just doesn’t stop run­ning for 90 min­utes, but some­times he gets a bit lost,” said Crowe.

Rocky would have been a knock­out in the mid­field en­gine room and could have teamed up with cur­rent Whites mid­fielder Adryan as part of a cen­tral mid­field trio.

The un­flap­pable James Bond had al­ready planned to bag the num­ber seven shirt and play on the right wing. John Tra­volta was pen­cilled in for the left-wing slot.“He’s grease light­ning,” said Crowe.

To fin­ish off his 4-5-1 for­ma­tion, the ac­tor was keen to bring old Leeds favourite, Joe ‘Jaws’ Jor­dan back to the club to scare the living day­lights out of the op­po­si­tion.

Crowe, 50, the co-owner of rugby league club South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs, said:“This team would have been big box of­fice – we’d have filled El­land Road ev­ery game.

“Sadly for the fans, it isn’t to be. Maybe I’ll look for an­other club in­stead and I wouldn’t mind be­ing a manager – I hear Brent­ford are look­ing for a new boss at the end of the sea­son.

“Per­haps I could buy a Cham­pi­onship club that have got a few prob­lems and help them, though even I’m not daft enough to get in­volved at Black­pool!”

UP FOR THE BATTLE: Who’ve we got this week­end? Is it Bolton away?

James Bond Cpt. John



Cpt. Robert Hatch Rus­sell Crowe Forrest Gump Joe ‘Jaws’


The Ter­mi­na­tor



John Tra­volta

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