A footie fan posted a photo of himself outside Brora Rangers’ Dudgeon Park ground in the far north of Scotland with the wry caption: “Drive 245 miles and get my dates mixed up.”
Bryan Power from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, who’s a fan of Greenock Morton, was hoping to give his mates a laugh, but realised he’d bitten off more than he could chew after an outpouring of generosity from Brora Rangers’ management and fans.
Brora released a comment on their social media account, saying: “We would be delighted to offer Bryan free admission for the match next Tuesday to make up for his wasted journey this evening!”
And Brora fan Stuart Clark posted: “I reckon if this guy comes up next week we should have a whip round for his fuel, a pie and Bovril.”
Willie Huggan commented: “I’d say hospitality too. Great that the club appreciate it though.”
Jimmy Murray said: “Free admission, hospitality, and a goodie bag. Maybe buy him a dram as well. This guy is a hero.”
But an embarrassed Bryan was forced to admit that his photo of Brora’s fixtures board was meant as a joke, and he’d just been in the area on a work trip.
After he saw things were getting a bit out of hand a rueful Bryan felt he had to own up to his prank.
He confessed to Brora: “Thanks but this started off as me trying to wind a few mates up and it’s gone bloody viral.
“Unfortunately I can’t make it next week.”
Amazingly, even this failed to dent Brora’s generosity.
The club then responded: “We would be delighted to offer you hospitality at any Brora match this season. Just let us know a couple weeks in advance and we will get it sorted for you.”
Speaking today, Bryan couldn’t believe what he had caused, saying: “This started out as a wind up on a Morton Fans page and it seems to have went viral.
“I am actually up this way for work and took the opportunity to stop in passing the get a few photos for a laugh.
“It was only supposed to be posted to see if I got a couple of bites. I actually messaged a few mates before I did it and said to watch out.”
He added: “But now I’ve been messaged by someone from Brora asking if I’m ok. And they are thinking of having a whip round for my fuel.
“I think it’s hilarious. I can’t stop laughing”
Brora Rangers are currently sitting top of the Scottish Highland League, having lost only two games of the season so far.
The highland team have won the North of Scotland FA Cup seven times and the coveted Highland League Cup once back in 2016.
Greenock Morton successfully won the Scottish Cup back in 1922, however, have failed to repeat the feat.
The team also holds the record for most promotions to the top flight of Scottish football, entering the league ten times.
Despite this, the team hasn’t competed in the Scottish Premiership since 1988.