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.
Their final verdict: bring in Thornhill.
For a lifelong fan, this would be a dream come true.
And he filled the role with style.
Though, to be fair, the new referee was hardly impartial.
Among sports fans, this story will never be forgotten.
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