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Spencer Prior: How former Man City defender ended up spearheading Papua New Guinea’s World Cup dream

Spencer Prior made 169 Premier League appearances across four clubs

As a player, Spencer Prior was often the underdog – whether helping Cardiff City knock Premier League leaders Leeds out of the FA Cup in 2002, or being part of the Southend United side which stunned a Manchester United team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

However the former defender – who played in the Premier League for Norwich, Leicester, Derby and Manchester City – is eyeing the biggest upset of his footballing life.

The 51-year-old is manager of the Papua New Guinea women’s football team, who are two wins away from qualifying for the World Cup.

After ending his playing career, Prior emigrated to Australia in 2007 and took up coaching. He was part of the Australia staff at the 2011 World Cup and has also coached the Thailand women’s team.

He only took the Papua New Guinea job in November last year after…

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