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John Dillon's column: BENI FANS THERE FOR THE BEER.

DO they all drink 14 pints a day in Yorkshire?

Or is it just Beery Billy Hague and Bradford City's boozy fans who inexplicably and wrongly were allowed into the press conference to announce - at last! - the signing on Wednesday of Beni Carbone.

I don't blame Geoffrey Richmond for wanting a bit of flair and excitement about the place and that is what he has gone for by signing the troublesome Carbone. But you couldn't help but think that Richmond was absolutely delighted to have those supporters, beer in hands, drowning out any awkward questions about the deal my esteemed colleagues in the North attempted to ask.

Richmond might not be so welcoming to passing fans if Bradford's revolution doesn't work and they end up struggling at any time in the future. Or if - heaven forbid - Carbone ups sticks and does another flit. For now, of course, he is delighted to have rejected the delights of Coventry, Florence and Naples to join his ninth club in Bradford.

I reckon what convinced him was the news that Bradford had built their new executive boxes, back-to-front and facing away from the pitch.

The paper which reported the story described the man who spotted the cock-up as "eagle-eyed." Well, you'd need to be to spot something like that, wouldn't you?

Whatever, it seems to have convinced Carbone that everyone else around Valley Parade is as blind as a bat.

And that none of them will even notice that Benito has disappeared next time he does his vanishing act.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Dillon, John
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2000
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