Giuliano Maiorana

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Giuliano Maiorana
Personal information
Full name Giuliano Maiorana
Date of birth (1969-04-18) 18 April 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Histon
1988–1994 Manchester United 7 (0)
1995 Ljungskile 5 (0)
Newmarket Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuliano "Jules" Maiorana (born 18 April 1969) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League as a left winger for Manchester United.[1]

Career[edit]

Maiorana was born in Cambridge to Italian parents. In 1987, he was working in a bakery and playing Sunday League football when he signed for Eastern Counties League club Histon.[2] After around 30 games for Histon's first team,[3] he was invited for a trial for Manchester United in November 1988. He played the first half of a testimonial match for Ian Handysides, a Birmingham City player who had just been diagnosed with a cancer which would ultimately claim his life nearly two years later, producing a performance described by Alex Ferguson as "one of the best displays I have ever seen from a trialist",[2] and signed a four-year contract with United for a fee of £30,000. The fee saved Histon, £23,000 in debt and under pressure from their bank, from going out of business.[3]

He made his debut on 14 January 1989 as a substitute against Millwall in the First Division,[4] and came to prominence with an exciting display on his first start, in a live televised 1–1 draw with Arsenal (who finished the season as league champions) at Old Trafford that April.[5] Maiorana only started one more game, and made his last two substitute appearances in October 1989.[4][6] He then suffered a serious knee injury in a reserve game and never played for the club again, finally being given a free transfer at the end of the 1993–94 season.[3][7]

After leaving United, Maiorana had a brief spell with Ljungskile SK, where he made five appearances, of which four were as a substitute, in the Swedish second-tier Division 1.[8] He then returned home to work in his family's upholstery business,[3] and played for Newmarket Town in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

In 2008 and 2009, Maiorana played for Manchester United's Masters Football team in the North West Masters Cup.[9][10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1988–89 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Manchester United 1989–90 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Ljungskile SK 1995 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career Total 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0

[4][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). Queen Anne Press. p. 353. ISBN 0-356-17911-7. 
  2. ^ a b Ferguson, Alex (11 December 1988). "Gems From The Deep". New Straits Times. p. 22. Retrieved 26 November 2009. That was one of the best displays I have ever seen from a trialist. The player marking him, Ray Ranson, is an exceptionally experienced full-back—but Maiorana gave him all kinds of problems. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Maiorana – It was 20 years ago today Giuliano kept bank at bay". Cambridge News. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jules Maiorana". Stretford End. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Smyth, Rob (28 March 2006). "Red Anniversaries: 28 March – 2 April". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 26 November 2009. United drew 1–1 with Arsenal in a live TV game also memorable for a bewitching full debut from twinkle-toed left-winger Giuliano Maiorana 
  6. ^ "1989/90". Stretford End. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Williams, Richard (24 January 1993). "The heirs to a magnificent dream". The Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Giuiliano Maiorana" (in Swedish). Ljungskile SK. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Masters Cup Manchester 2008". Masters Football. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Masters Cup Manchester 2009". Masters Football. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Giuiliano Maiorana" (in Swedish). Ljungskile SK. Retrieved 23 August 2012.