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Biting back: Luke Chadwick is right to follow his dreams

By Steven Beacom

Gary Lineker - Excellent goalscorer and accomplished presenter on Match of the Day, but just a bit too smarmy for my liking.

His one liners can be funny though, such as when he signed for Japanese club Grampus Eight in 1992 and suggested one of the reasons was because he 'supported them as a boy'!

Sometimes that happens for real. Grant McCann signing for Linfield is an example.

Then there's Luke Chadwick who joined Cambridge.

If you aren't asking Luke Who? you are probably thinking that's the bloke who played a few games for Manchester United when Keane, Becks, Scholes and Giggs were controlling the midfield at Old Trafford.

Chadwick made 39 appearances in four years at United. Having been with the Red Devils since he was a kid, his career never hit the same heights after leaving, as is the case with most players unless you are Cristiano Ronaldo.

Still, he made a good living playing for West Ham and Stoke amongst others before moving to Milton Keynes Dons where he became a major influence.

There was one thing missing though for Chadwick - playing for the club he 'supported as a boy'.

That club was Cambridge United. When the chance came to sign for them last year, Chadwick told the League Two outfit to pay him whatever they could because he was more interested in making his dream come true!

Tonight on television, with Gary Lineker presenting, you can watch Cambridge and Chadwick take on Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Hope Luke has a cracking game. I reckon he deserves one.

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