John Parrott took advantage of the Tuesday night off shift with the BBC at the Masters to steal away to Upton Park and see his beloved Everton in an FA Cup third-round replay.
The 1991 world champion has had trouble before as a recognisable sporting celebrity and fan, notably when recently watching the Toffees win at Old Trafford. Unable to fully conceal his joy when a goal went in and at the final whistle, Parrott ended up being accosted by an elderly Mancunian lady wielding a pie who took objection to his presence in the ground.
Taking no chances in east London though, Parrott treated himself to a night in one of West Ham’s hospitality lounges and seating areas to watch the game.
He certainly got value for money, with the replay going to extra time after finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes, and then 2-2 after the extra 30, requiring a penalty shootout.
But on a dramatic night there was ultimate disappointment as Everton keeper Robles missed with his spot-kick while opposite number Adrian scored to secure a 9-8 success.