Norwich fan steps in as fourth official against Preston

David Thornhill Norwich

A Canaries supporter was called down from his seat after linesman Mark Jones had to hobble off with an injury

Jones was suffering with a hamstring problem during Norwich's 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday, so fourth official Andy Davies took his place to run the line.

But who would be the fourth official? Step up David Thornhill.

Both teams were briefly taken off the pitch as the referee pondered what to do. Fortunately, qualified referee Thornhill was attending the match so got the call-up.

He was given a full kit before taking the board, and given a warm reception from the home supporters.

Surprisingly, this was the sixth time that Thornhill had been the fourth official for a Norwich game. So rest easy, refs of Norfolk – David's only a call away... 

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