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Born: Liver­pool, 1952 (Age 62) Play­ing Ca­reer: A mid­fielder and oc­ca­sional striker, Palios was signed for Tran­mere by Liver­pool leg­end Ron Yeates at the age of 16 and made his de­but in 1973. He would spend the next seven years at Pren­ton Park, scor­ing 29 goals in 209 games in a side that in­cluded the likes of Steve Coppell, Ray Matthias, Ray Stubbs and Ron­nie Moore. In 1980, Palios left to spend three sea­sons with base­ment di­vi­sion Crewe, scor­ing 23 goals in 118 games for the Rail­way­men and be­com­ing a popular fig­ure at the club. Aged 31, he re­turned to Tran­mere in 1983 and spent a fur­ther two sea­sons un­der John King be­fore join­ing Ban­gor, cap­tain­ing the Welsh part­timers in a Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup match against Atletico Madrid. He re­tired in 1986. Later Ca­reer: Hav­ing trained as an ac­coun­tant with Deloitte, Palios was made a part­ner at ac­coun­tancy firm Arthur Young in 1986 be­fore join­ing Lon­don-based pow­er­house Price Water­house Cooper as a turn­around spe­cial­ist in 1989. In 2003, he was named chief ex­ec­u­tive of the FA and tasked with sta­bil­is­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fi­nances in the wake of the cash-sap­ping con­struc­tion of Wem­b­ley. This was largely achieved, with bor­row­ing stemmed, new com­mer­cial and TV part­ners ac­quired and – briefly – the build­ing work run­ning ahead of sched­ule. Af­ter resigning in 2004 due to rev­e­la­tions about his af­fair with Faria Alam, Palios re­turned to the ac­coun­tancy busi­ness and has since held sev­eral di­rec­tor­ships. He bought a con­trol­ling stake in Tran­mere Rovers from Peter John­son in Au­gust 2014.

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