Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Me, SuperMac and the Toon's Boy from Brazil

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Me, SuperMac and the Toon's Boy from Brazil

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IT was a transfer dripping with history, the first Brazilian to play in the Football League in its 100-year history.

And it happened because a guy walked into Malcolm Macdonald's pub on the south coast of England offering up one Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva. Mirandinha to thee and me.

SuperMac sold a new No 9 to his former Newcastle team-mate Willie McFaul and I got all the exclusive breaks on the story as it developed through my long friendship with Mal. A nice little threesome.

Out of football at the time (1988), Malcolm was running a pub in Worthing which he re-named the Far Post.

A guy called Don Packham, knowing Malcolm's background, walked in, ordered a pint, and casually mentioned that, through a mate in Brazil, he knew a lot of Palmeiras players who wished to come to Europe.

One in particular sounded tempting - Mirandinha, a centreforward like SuperMac who possessed similar devastating pace.

Bottom line, Macdonald became Mira's agent and, having failed to sell his asset to Graeme Souness at Rangers, turned instead to his old mate McFaul, then boss of Newcastle. …

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