The Halftime Hero from West Ham

How an English Premier League manager once silenced a saucy fan by inviting him on to the field to see if he could do any better.

The Halftime Hero from West Ham

One fateful day in 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Steve Davies lived the dream of every soccer fan. He was plucked from the crowd by Harry Redknapp, the manager of his favorite English Premier League team, and sent onto the field for West Ham United in a pre-season friendly against Oxford City.

A version of this audio story was first broadcast on Howler Radio.

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Luke Healy is a cartoonist and illustrator from Dublin, Ireland. No, he won’t say the Lucky Charms thing so stop asking.

Music: Moonlets & Ben Q Best, “Storm”; Ben Best & Karl Jorgenson, “Untitled 1”; Edward Shallow, “Cinder”; Peter Gresser, “No Rocking in the Jazzhands Zone.”