Bizarre scenes as Norwich City fan David 'Spud' Thornhill forced to step in as fourth official at Preston game
PUBLISHED: 10:31 26 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:24 26 November 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
There were bizarre scenes at the close of Norwich City's game with Preston North End on Saturday (25 November) - when a Canaries superfan had to be plucked from the crowd to serve as fourth official.
David ‘Spud’ Thornhill had to step in as fourth official because the assistant referee Mark Jones had limped off down the tunnel. That meant the fourth official Andy Davies had to take his place running the line.
So, Mr Thornhill, a qualified referee who officiates in local games, had to take the place of Mr Davies as fourth official. One of his first actions was to hold aloft the board signalling at least 10 minutes of added time.
Mr Thornhill’s first Carrow Road game was in 1982 and he has a whole room at his Sprowston home dedicated to his Canaries memorabilia and programmes.
Perhaps appropriately, he featured in today’s match programme himself.
He has cats called Wesley and Eadie, named after Canaries stars Wes Hoolahan and Darren Eadie.
The match ended 1-1, with James Maddison’s 34th minute free kick cancelled out by a 70th minute equaliser from Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen.