Brooks Mileson and Gretna
"Brooks Mileson (born Pennywell, Sunderland) is a British businessmen and the financial backer of Scottish football club Gretna as well as being a philanthropist to 70 non-league clubs. Mileson has invested heavily in Gretna and plans for them to eventually reach the Scottish Premier League. As of February 2006, he has also taken them to the finals of the Scottish Cup, the second oldest football trophy in the world. He is also a Carlisle United fan.
The Durham-based businessman was born in 1947, and has personal wealth estimated at over £30 million. Mileson made his fortune in various branches of the insurance, construction and property businesses. He is a devotee of grass-roots football, and has made donations to several football trusts, including Dundee United's Arab Trust, and The Berwick Rangers Supporters Trust. He is also the president of Whitby Town and sponsor of the Northern League.
Mileson broke his back at 11 and was told he would never walk again. His hips were damaged and he subsequently lost a kidney. His daily diet consists of 100 cigarettes and Lucozade, and he has had two heart attacks. He suffers from ME, and claims his determination to subdue the condition drives his many business and personal interests."