Cautionary tale of fan sleuthing
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.