While countless fans watched, the Norwich City and Preston English football clubs came within a hair's breadth of being cancelled mid-game after the fourth referee pulled his hamstring. Without a replacement, the game could not continue. But, during the darkest hours, a hero almost always rises to the occasion. David Thornhill, a Norwich City fan — who also happens to do some local work as a referee — shouted down from the stands as the officials tried to decide what to do.
Crazy scenes at Carrow Road. Here's a local ref who was paying spectator roped into be 4th official as asst ref injured & 4th official replaced him, leaving no official 4th official. Here he is learning how to use subs board! #bbcfootball #Ncfc #pnefc pic.twitter.com/ulOe0QKsfD— Marc Webber (@marcwebber) November 25, 2017