A group of football hipsters had an awkward encounter with Neil Warnock on a train over Easter.
The group were taking a train back from Huddersfield on Good Friday – after seeing David Wagner’s side beat Preston – and were watching all the day’s obscure continental action on a tablet when Warnock approached them.
Tom Wilson, one of the group, explains what happened:
“The train was packed and I noticed this portly guy in a tracksuit in the aisle. He looked over to us and asked ‘What are you watching?’
“I explained quietly it was the Eredivise highlights and he just kind of tutted.
“Then he asked if we wouldn’t mind squeezing up to let him sit with us, but there wasn’t a lot of space – we all had americanos on the table, and there were a couple of chargers poking out between the seats as one of the lads was following Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich on Twitter.
“I apologised. Then I started to wonder, is that Warnock?
“It wasn’t clear at first as his glasses were steamed up – I don’t know if he was angry that Cardiff had lost, it had been raining on the platform or whether he was pissed at finding out a Saturday Saver ticket isn’t valid on a bank holiday – it looked like all three.
“My mate Fabio then gave me a nudge, and I could see he’d twigged that it was Warnock.
“Then I heard him mutter in the aisle ‘Nobody interested in real men’s football any more’
“Fabio was gesturing to me and sent me a WhatsApp message saying ‘Shouldn’t we at least ask him for a photo for our Instagram?’
“I told him we really shouldn’t – I just didn’t want to bother him at this stage.
“To be honest for the rest of the journey, whenever the train stopped, I was spending a lot of time looking at Warnock out of the corner of my eye, hoping he’d get off.
“It was tough to concentrate on watching football on the tablet and our phone with the knowledge he was over our shoulders looking.
“We have a private WhatsApp group where we vote for the best rabona of the week, and it’s a bit of an in joke among the lads to make woofing noises when we see a really tasty rabona, but none of us were in the mood for that.”
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