Hat-trick was just the start of crazy week­end

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Chris Bai­ley

BUR­GLED, hacked and owner of an un­wel­come nick­name – it’s fair to say Char­lie Wyke’s for­tunes took a swift nose­dive af­ter scor­ing the first league hat-trick of his ca­reer last Satur­day.

The 23-year-old fired in the goals against Mansfield that took Carlisle to the top of League Two but, on ar­riv­ing back at his fam­ily home, dis­cov­ered things have a way of bal­anc­ing things out.

Dad Ged and mum Denise, who re­turned a cou­ple of hours be­fore their son, were so elated they did not even no­tice, un­til show­er­ing and chang­ing, that their van was not in its usual place on the drive.

On fur­ther in­spec­tion, keys, bank cards and other items had been taken – but Wyke’s evening would take an­other bizarre twist on the in­ter­net.

In a com­pletely sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, the striker found he had not only been locked out of twit­ter but his ac­count had started spew­ing out sala­cious mes­sages un­der the iden­tity of a ‘Wanda Hill’.

Events have spawned a nick­name that Wyke is un­likely to ever shake off, but he is thank­ful no other last­ing dam­age was done.

“It’s been a crazy week, scor­ing all those goals,” he said. “Both the house and Twit­ter are back to nor­mal now and it could have been a lot worse.

“We don’t live in such a bad area, ei­ther, but it does make you think. My mum’s at home quite a lot and you want to know she’s safe. Who knows what could have hap­pened if she was in?

“My brother Matty was ac­tu­ally at home, but he thinks he may have been in the shower or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic up­stairs. He didn’t hear any­thing at all.

“I was home at quar­ter to eight and a cou­ple of hours later I got an e-mail telling me all my twit­ter de­tails had been changed.

“We still have no idea how that hap­pened. But, be­cause peo­ple were mes­sag­ing me af­ter the hat-trick, they could have tried to hack me for some free ad­ver­tis­ing.

“There’s been a bit of ban­ter fly­ing about at the club this week – they now call me ‘Wanda’ ev­ery time I’m passed the ball!”

On a week­end in which the Wykes quite lit­er­ally did not know what was around the cor­ner, Ged made an un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery when he went out for a stroll the next morn­ing.

He came back with some soggy PlayS­ta­tion games – and more ex­tra­or­di­nary sight­ings rolled in from across the neigh­bour­hood.


“It was very strange. We found a few things scat­tered about,” Wyke ex­plained. “We had also gone on Face­book, ask­ing if any­one had seen our van, and it was even­tu­ally found dam­aged five min­utes away. The po­lice told us not to touch it.

“Some­one also found my mum’s hand­bag hang­ing off a road sign. Most things have been found now so we are quite lucky in a way.

“You hear about some of these things hap­pen­ing to Pre­mier League foot­ballers, but it shows it can hap­pen to any­one.”

Noth­ing, how­ever, could have taken the shine off a week that be­longed to Wyke.

The Mid­dles­brough academy prod­uct struck twice in the vic­tory over Ex­eter a fort­night ago and squeezed in the open­ing goal in a mid­week draw at Grimsby, be­fore ru­in­ing Mansfield’s trip to Cum­bria.

“I don’t think any­thing could have spoiled the week I had. It was the best so far in my ca­reer,” Wyke added. “It’s just a shame it will be re­mem­bered for other rea­sons too.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

1 2 3 ALL-SMILES: Char­lie Wyke cel­e­brates scor­ing for Carlisle and, inset, his hat-trick last week

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