A non league keeper stops playing between the sticks mid-game after a tannoy rather amusingly announces that his car was being towed.
Normally it’s the supporter that falls victim to this when attending a game but is what quite a surprising twist when it happened to a player during a friendly between Dulwich Hamlet and Crystal Palace.
The vehicle ended up belonging to the non league outfit’s goalkeeper, named Preston Edwards, who was left red faced by what played out whilst the game was in play.
A tweet was published onto Twitter, before quickly going viral, which read: “At Dulwich v Palace and the most non-league thing just happened. The guy over the tannoy read the registration of a car that was being towed. The Dulwich keeper suddenly started frantically calling to someone in the crowd. It’s his car.?
Running late and saw no spaces. https://t.co/J9GJCy2u5f
— Preston Edwards (@PRESTONEDWARDS0) October 11, 2018
“I ignored it the first first two times,” the goalkeeper said when talking with SPORTbible.
“The third time he mentioned about it being towed – I wasn’t having any of it! I shouted randomly to a person in the crowd to tell the tannoy man that it is my car.
“I didn’t know what happened until I got back in at half time. Thankfully, someone moved my car for me. Apparently they got an earful from the person who was blocked in!”
What’s even more hilarious is that there is an actual video from the moment itself, as published by Dulwich Hamlet, take a look below and get the sound on…
‘Preston, move your car! Preston Preston, move your car!’
— Dulwich Hamlet FC (H) (@DulwichHamletFC) October 12, 2018
Edwards admitted he was forced into parking the car in an illegal spot because he was ‘running late and saw no spaces.’
A club statement posted on Twitter by Dulwich Hamlet said: ‘We’ve tracked down the family that were blocked in by @Preston_Eddy. The parents were very understanding and the children are massive football fans….Really pleased to say that they will be guests at our next home game.’
He ended up calling time on his five year stint with Dulwich Hamlet, leaving in April 2020, but he’s certainly left behind some great memories.
He also caused caused a stir on social media and the press after getting himself sent off after just 10 seconds into a National League South game.
Preston Edwards was playing with Ebbsfleet United at the time in a clash against Farnborough, with his team-mate Ryan Blake producing an under-hit backpass to put the keeper in trouble. The ‘pass’ was quickly intercepted by Farnborough’s Kezie Ibe with the striker then rounded Edwards, but was bundled down before he could put the ball into the back of the net.
Edwards was immediately given a red card by referee Neil Hair, and he made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the decision.
To make it even worse for Ebbsfleet, they failed to have a substitute goalkeeper on the bench, so 18-year-old midfielder Tom Phipp ended up being forced to wear the gloves, and then conceded three times.
Fans reacted as the non league keeper stops mid-game after the tannoy announces his car is being towed…
@MH_SW6: Nothing beats Non-League football
@calciocarl: Do you remember the tannoy announcement at Selhurst in pre match warm-up: (I make the number up but rest of plate is right). ‘Could the owner of a white Mercedes reg plate AA55ADE please move it as blocking an emergency exit’. It was the fastest I’d seen Ade Akinbiyi move!
@aaronnelson1977: Wouldn’t happen if Dulwich were able to play at Champion Hill.
@WSTA_Miles: Not sure he’s mastered “parking the bus”
@kittykatkent: @Preston_Eddy this is going to be nearly as popular as your record breaking sending off! @EUFCofficial
@spuddystone: This is why I love non league
@fio_w: Reminds me of a few seasons back. Tannoy announcement about cars blocking the road to let an ambulance through. Half the Auchinleck team had to go and move their cars. Ref had to stop play for about 15 mins
@grahamjsimmons: This also happened during a London Irish/Leicester John Player Cup semi-final at a packed Sunbury – years ago – when the tannoy asked for a Volvo to be shifted pronto and the Irish skipper, Gerry Halpin, had to leave a scrum to fetch his car keys from the changing room.
@TheAnarcyclist: Gotta love lower league football.
@clemo_6: Classic non-league
@dangodfrey_: Can’t beat it. Brings back memories of doing non-league tannoy, including when my nan tried to ring me at 2:59pm as my phone was playing tense walkout music around the stadium