The Trillion Dollar Conman

Local sports fans might be interested that there’s a latest podcast in BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sport’s Strangest Crimes series, titled The Trillion Dollar Conman which unless you were there, fooled and involved by the remarkable shenanigans at the time, and I believe many of you were, it probably feels more like fiction than fact to those outside these city walls.

Presented by Alice Levine, this is a six-part true story about one conman; and how he fooled football bosses, a London bank, and foreign regimes.

The story begins in Nottingham. Russell King seizes control of Notts County Football Club in 2009 after a takeover which promises the club untold wealth, alongside a plan to take them from the fourth tier to the Premier league in five years.

What follows is one of the most outrageous and bizarre episodes in English football history, and amidst the drama, Notts County FC reach the brink of oblivion and £7m in debt despite winning the title thanks to remarkable recruitments that included Lee Hughes and Kasper Schmeichel.

From the city of Nottingham to the communist dictatorship of North Korea, from Sven-Göran Eriksson and Sol Campbell to Lord Voldemort and the Bahraini Royal Family, this is a strange tale of greed and intrigue and disrepair towards one of the best known and oldest established football clubs in the world.

The six episodes present the story in full through archive from the time and interviews with those who lived through King’s multi-million pound scams.

The podcast will be released in full this coming Monday 21st February with all six episodes available here through BBC Sounds.


*Article provided by Daniel Peacock (Editor).

*Main image @JonnyGabriel Russell King with Sven Goran Eriksen at Meadow Lane.

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