Football players usually listen out to a referee’s whistle for in-game decisions, though what do you do if you haven’t got one with their being no official?
That was the case at a pre-season friendly between Tiptree Engaine and Stanway Rovers Reserves yesterday evening, after a referee turned up late, meaning someone had to be the ref for the first 5 minutes, though their was no whistle available, but instead a harmonica instead.
David Pomphrett, the Tiptree manager, helped out by getting his young son Alex’s harmonica from his car and cause one of the most hilarious moments ever in non league football.
Watch the amusing viral clip for yourself below…
THIS IS NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL AT ITS BEST ?
When the referee is late so someone has to be ref for the first 5 minutes, but there is no whistle, but there is a harmonica. ???@NonleagueS @NonLeagueCrowd @nonleagueFCTV @GrassRootGoals_ pic.twitter.com/z0TgcI4Jcg
— Essex & Suffolk Border League (@E_SBorderLeague) August 1, 2019
Spencer Hume, reporter for the Essex and Suffolk Border League, said to PA: “With every foul and decision, the referee having to blow into the harmonica, there were a lot of laughs.
“Thankfully Harry Runicles was able to stay focused and fire the penalty home. (He) dispatched it with aplomb to a C sharp!”
The referee eventually turned up and swapped the harmonica with the whistle, something much more familiarising for the players, club staff and fans.
Spencer Hume said about chairman and harmonica holder David Pomphrett: “He literally does anything and everything to make sure his games go ahead come rain, shine or no referee.
“As with all grass roots football teams the show must go on.”
After watching the amusing video, fans took to give their amused reaction – find out what they had to tweet by clicking on the next page.