Cau­tion­ary tale of fan sleuthing

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A pho­to­graph of a pri­vate jet land­ing at Liver­pool’s John Len­non Air­port on Trans­fer Dead­line Day prompted some epic de­tec­tive work by sup­port­ers des­per­ately hop­ing that Vir­gil van Dijk was on board, en route to sign­ing on the dot­ted line at An­field. He wasn’t, alas.

While their ef­forts were widely saluted, TalkS­port pro­ducer David Wil­liams sug­gested they had been out­done by Leeds fans back in July. Af­ter a photo of a mys­tery man at the club’s re­cep­tion desk did the rounds, a num­ber of fans got to work try­ing to iden­tify him. The con­sen­sus was that it was ei­ther Ever­ton’s Matthew Pen­ning­ton or Hull City’s Michael Dawson.

A chap called Kaspa noted that there was a ‘wet cau­tion sign’ on the floor near the mys­tery player and in­formed his fel­low de­tec­tives on a Leeds web­site that “the av­er­age height of a wet cau­tion sign is 2 ft”. How he knew this, he didn’t ex­plain. “Dawson is 6ft 2 and Pen­ning­ton is 6ft 1,” he added, so af­ter in­ten­sive mea­sur­ing of the im­age he con­cluded that “it’s def­i­nitely Michael Pen­ning­ton”.

Fel­low fan The Leeds Mango con­curred. He “re­plot­ted” the tiles on the floor of the re­cep­tion area in “3D space”, mea­sur­ing from the tile the mys­tery player was stand­ing on to the wet cau­tion sign and he too de­cided it had to be Matthew Pen­ning­ton.

Club An­nounce­ment, July 19th: Matthew Pen­ning­ton signs on loan from Ever­ton. Thanks to the wet cau­tion sign, though, it wasn’t news.

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