"I am the lord of the philosopher's stone," Mammon, The Alchemist, Ben Johnson
Category: Matt Scott
Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:57
Four hundred years after those fictitious words were first uttered on a London stage, alchemy, the fabled process of turning base metals into gold, is of course just as much hocus-pocus as it was then. Even so, it does not seem to have stopped football clubs trying to turn leaden-footed footballers into the latest golden generation. Their alchemic additive is of cash, since the relative amount of wages paid to first-team players closely correlates with League finishing positions.
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