Alan Biggs: Splash the cash

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Turns out former Sheffield United and England keeper Alan Hodgkinson was a campaigner for the abolition of football’s “maximum wage”, leading to an eventual explosion in earnings at the top.

Also revealed in Hodgy’s autobiography is that United’s initial response back in 1961 was to retain their basic salary structure, meaning Alan earned just £20 a week.

But he recalls a more radical shift across the city where Sheffield Wednesday paid a basic of £30 (double the national average), rising to up to £90 under a generous bonus scheme.

Yet even that top whack figure (six times the national average) pales beside huge six figure weekly earnings today that are hundreds of times more than the rest of us.

Nothing, for me, can ever justify that moral obscenity.

But here’s the other side of the coin from a time when the balance was equally wrong.

After Hodgy’s Blades won promotion to the top flight in 1961 the players were promised “something for a rainy day” by the club.

Subsequently they were each presented with a raincoat and a barometer!