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Get Sport updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Accies’ teenage speed merchant Alasdair Crawford left the rest of Britain in the starting blocks as he claimed the title of Fastest Footballer in Britain and for the 16 year old.In January, sports manufacturers Nike launched the Who’s the Fastest campaign a search to find the speediest footballer, amateur or professional, in the UK.Five months on and thousands of entries later former Carluke High School pupil Crawford triumphed in the grand final held at Old Trafford, seeing off some elite football company in the process.Crawford produced a winning time of 14.25 seconds over a 45 metre course that tested his speed to reach the ball and then take it through a slalom course before a final sprint finish.That was enough to beat stars like Aaron Lennon of Tottenham and Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor, as well as players from clubs such as Southampton, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace.Crawford has even revealed how he reneged on a deal to split the prize with his fellow Accies competitors as he claimed the cash prize, a pair of state of the art boots and training gear.Hamilton starlets Grant Gillespie, Grant Evans, Gary Gow, Joe Connelly and Stewart Mills all travelled down to Lancashire together and made the pact that if one of them should win the would be spilt between them.But Crawford, who is learning to drive, revealed he plans to buy a car with his winnings for his birthdayon July 30.He said: “I’m really proud to have been the quickest there and I’m now the fastest player in Britain. It was an unbelievable experience to go to Old Trafford and play on the same turf that guys like Cristiano Ronaldo play on every week.”I think some of the Accies guys were annoyed because we had made some kind of pact in the car on the way down that if one of us won the cash we would split it.”I won but I thought we were all just kidding about the deal and they gave me a bit of stick about that.”Anyway, I’ve got the five grand and I’m planning on buying a car for my 17th birthday at the end of July.”I believe some of the times I ran in the early rounds were quicker than top pros like Lennon and Agbonlahor which was a real boost to my confidence.”I spoke to my manager Billy Reid when I got back to Hamilton and he said, ‘I hear you’re officially the fastest man in the UK. But never mind that, I also heard you won five grand’.”He was absolutely delighted for me.”Following extensive testing at clubs all over the UK, the 40 fastest footballers were assembled at Old Trafford for the Mercurial Speed Test Final.At an elite speed session amateurs and professionals from an array of clubs were put through a blistering set of tests to find the five quickest to the ball and with the ball.Once these five were identified they ran a final speed test to determine who was the fastest and Crawford came out on top.Nike’s Who’s the Fastest campaign was inspired by their new Mercurial Vapor IV boots which were designed for the world’s quickest players and are worn by the likes of Ronaldo and Didier Drogba.Both men sported the limited edition styled footwear for the first time in last month’s UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow.As part of his prize Crawford also won a pair of limited edition Mercurial SL boots, made entirely of carbon fibre and built in the style of a concept car.He was presented with his prizes by former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star Dennis Irwin.Now having sampled the Theatre of Dreams the $64,000 question is can Crawford make the first team breakthrough for Accies this season in the SPL?Crawford, who is in his third year with the Lanarkshire club, said: “I hope I can force my way into the first team at some point this season..