Former playboy footballer caught speeding in Sunderland

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A FORMER playboy football star has been clocked speeding through Sunderland.

Frank McAvennie was captured by a speed camera, doing 36mph in his Jaguar at Tunstall Bank, Ryhope.

PA PIC NOP FILE PIC'scanned Sunderland Echo library copy''Model Jenny Blythe with West Ham footballer Frank McAvennie'December 28 1989

PA PIC NOP FILE PIC'scanned Sunderland Echo library copy''Model Jenny Blythe with West Ham footballer Frank McAvennie'December 28 1989

The 52-year-old West Ham United legend could now lose his licence, following the offence on January 21.

Solicitor Gerry Armstrong told Sunderland magistrates yesterday that his client pleaded guilty by post.

Glasgow-born McAvennie, of Low Fell, Gateshead, already has nine points on his licence and faces a driving ban.

Magistrates will decide whether to disqualify him at an exceptional hardship hearing next month.

In his heyday McAvennie was a striker with a top goalscoring record.

A celebrity of the mid-1980s, off the pitch he was a regular at prestigious London nightclubs and on the front pages of the tabloids.

Champagne, glamourous girlfriends and partying with pop stars lead to him being labelled a playboy.

Reputed to be earning £5,000 a week – a massive wage at the time – the one-time idol’s life was later dogged with scandal.

He also played for Celtic and Aston Villa, and won five caps for Scotland.