Clubs’ worst Christ­mas par­ties

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It must have been the trick­i­est jour­ney home since David Batty and Graeme Le Saux flew back from Moscow af­ter a bout of hand­bags.

Eve­sham United were draw­ing 1-1 with Frome Town in the FA Tro­phy when Ash­ley Wil­liams (not that one) launched into a last-minute tackle on Frome’s Clay­ton Green. “He made a meal of it,” says the still-peeved Eve­sham mid­fielder. “He squealed a bit.” Wil­liams was sent off and then stormed off.

The is­sue was that the pair are, or were, best friends, and so Wil­liams had agreed to drive Green home. All the way to Wales.

He didn’t ditch him in the end, but he didn’t give him time to change, ei­ther.

“He rolled up in just a pair of shorts that were soak­ing wet,” laughs Wil­liams, “so that broke the ice.”

Was the jour­ney a bit frosty? “Nah, it was com­edy, really. The first thing he said when he got in the car was, ‘I didn’t ex­pect the ref­eree to send you off!’ He knew that it wasn’t a red-card of­fence.”

He couldn’t really say any­thing else, mind. He prob­a­bly didn’t fancy be­ing dumped on the hard shoul­der of the M50.

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