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Presidential ties Former Man United star Paddy Crerand reveals shock connection to US President Joe Biden

The whole family is delighted about this news”


Old Trafford star Paddy Crerand

Old Trafford star Paddy Crerand

Old Trafford star Paddy Crerand

Former Celtic and Manchester United star Paddy Crerand is related to US President Joe Biden, the Sunday World can reveal.

The Old Trafford legend – who won a string of trophies with Matt Busby’s famous Red Devils side – received the news this week hours before President Biden’s plane touched down on UK soil for the first time.

The US supremo attended a G7 summit in Cornwall this week along with some of the world’s most powerful leaders including Boris Johnson.


Joe Biden at the G7 summit (Leon Neal/PA)

Joe Biden at the G7 summit (Leon Neal/PA)

Joe Biden at the G7 summit (Leon Neal/PA)


But in a recent interview, Biden revealed his great, great, great grandmother was from a tiny village in the Gweedore Gaeltacht region of west Donegal.

Her name was Sarah Boyle and local historians have uncovered a family connection to Paddy Crerand’s mother who was also Sarah Boyle.

And last night Paddy told the Sunday World: “At first I couldn’t believe it. I started receiving phone calls from my relatives in Donegal telling me the good news. It’s absolutely fantastic.

“Joe Biden told reporters his mother was from Magheraclogher in Donegal and that her name was Sarah Boyle. Sarah is a name in our family history.

“Anyone who knows the Gweedore area will know Magheraclogher is only a tiny village. That’s where my mother came from and her name before she was married was Sarah Boyle, although she was known locally as Sarah Tim.

“I’ve a great interest in politics and I’m particularly interested in Ireland. It’s good to hear President Biden also has that interest and it’s great to see he knows what he’s talking about,” said Paddy.

He added: “The whole family is delighted about this news.”

Now 82, Crerand still likes to maintain his fitness by regularly playing golf and making daily trips to the gym.

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But as a boy brought up in Glasgow’s Gorbals district, he loved returning to Ireland where he spent summer holidays at his mother’s home place in Donegal.

“I loved going Donegal in the summer and I even played Gaelic football for Gweedore. My uncle was Hughie ‘Tim’ Boyle, who played for Donegal. He arranged for me to play as a ringer for Gweedore, But I wasn’t allowed to speak in case they caught me out!” said Paddy.

In his day, Crerand was a tough and extremely skilful midfielder who played alongside some of the Manchester United’s greatest ever legends including Denis Law and George Best.

But even at the height of his career, Crerand still spent his summer holidays back with his mum’s relations in Donegal.

“John Hume rented a house from my aunt Biddy in Magherclogher. And he used to bring his family for a month every summer.

“John and I used to meet up every night and I enjoyed discussing politics with him, but he knew nothing about football!”

Despite Hume’s lack of soccer knowledge, he still managed to persuade Paddy to pressurise Alex Ferguson into bringing Manchester United to the Brandywell as a fundraiser for Derry City.

“I asked Alex if he’d consider bringing Manchester United to Derry. I told him John Hume had asked me.

“Alex couldn’t believe I even knew John and he told me he had admired John Hume for years.

“He said he’d be honoured,” said Paddy.

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