For Norwich City it was arguably one of the most important matches in the football club’s history – the Championship play off final against Middlesborough at Wembley for a place in the Premiership. For most devoted fans it was a game they couldn’t miss, and as you would expect tickets were in demand. For one fan getting tickets wasn’t the problem, it was keeping hold of them that was the issue. Matt Grimmer had three tickets for himself and his two sons and put them in a safe place. Job done. Unfortunately no one told Freddie, the family dog. Mr Grimmer was horrified to discover that the two year old cockapoo had chewed up the tickets, and had in the process destroyed the all important bar code that is required to go through the gates at Wembley.
It was looking grim for Mr Grimmer and his hopes of seeing his football club attempt to get promoted to the Premier League. Mr Grimmer said “He’s full of life and energy and if he sees something he’ll go for it and have a play and obviously he saw the tickets and the rest is history. He chewed the edges and had actually eaten some of the tickets.” Thankfully, the folk at Norwich City must be dog lovers as they took pity on the 41 year old and arranged for the tickets to be reprinted. Just as well, Norwich won the match two nil and so will be playing in the premiership next season. In the future one presumes Mr Grimmer will be making sure his tickets are well out of the reach of Freddie.