An official at a football match in Jeans, whatever next, Neil Warnock in a suit?
David Thornhill went to the football expecting to watch his beloved Norwich City but got a little bit more involved than he would have expected.
The ref limped off with a whimper near the end of Norwich v Preston which meant the 4th official had to take over as referee for the remaining few minutes.
With the match at risk of being called off due to no 4th official,Norwich manager Alex Neil spotted local ref and Norwich City super fan David ‘spud’ Thornhill, just in time to save the day.
Davids first job was to hold a heavier than it looked electronic board above his head to signal 10 minutes added time.
This is not the first time a fan has been asked to help out. A fan replaced the 4th official before half time in Newport v Portsmouth in 2015.
At least Paul Gobbett looked the part.
A season earlier, an elderly gentlemen ran the line during Nantwich v FC United of Manchester after an injury to the match referee.
In 2003 an Morton fan replaced the linesman in a match during Airdrie prompting a complaint from Airdrie, the lineman was seen hugging Morton players after the match.
Morton won the match 3-1 , the linesman wasn’t allowed to take part in any major decisions which meant despite complaints, the result stood.