8th December 2023

Exclusive: Rashford has “heart set” on transfer to Fitz 1st XI after college delivers 200 free meals


“Old Trafford just doesn’t have the history of Oxford Road. You know Girton 2nds beat ARU 4th XI here to avoid relegation in 2003? Incredible.”

It’s a brisk morning at Fitzwilliam’s playing fields. I’m walking around its perimeter with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford; he’s outlining his decision to push for a move to Fitz.

“I want to develop as both a footballer and an activist, and I believe there’s no better place in the world to do that than Fitzwilliam. Sorry, one sec – watch this,” he says, before placing a Deliveroo bag on the penalty spot and smashing it knuckleball-style into the back garden of a struggling family on Hoadly Road.

He smiles and power-slides towards the corner flag in celebration. At only 23 years of age, Rashford has already earned himself an MBE for his work on tackling child poverty – but the time has come, he says, to take both parts of his career to the next level.

How do you see a move to Fitz panning out?

“World-class in-swinging deliveries to the centre-forward on a Saturday morning; nutritious deliveries to deprived families in the greater Cambridge region on a Saturday afternoon. Maybe a Swedish-style meatball panini at Fitz buttery in-between – I hear the catering staff here do a great job.”

This would be seen by many as a shock move, right?

“Maybe, but it’s no impulse decision for me – Fitz has been a part of my career plan since pretty much day one. Look at the quality of the team – regular cup success, unmatched in their league, centre-backs who aren’t Harry Maguire… it’s a really special team.”

I think that’s your phone buzzing Marcus.

“Yeah sorry, I have to take this – it’s the Good Lad Initiative. I’ve decided to team up with them to eradicate toxic masculinity across the nation.” Off he ran, scissor kicking a pamphlet on Feminist Theory towards the Downing College Rugby Grounds.