tannoy trauma

A few years ago I went to see the mighty Northampton Town play Leyton Orient. It was my birthday and, unbeknown to me, one of my friends had contacted the club during the week and asked them to read out a half-time dedication. The first half ended, the scores from the other games were read out, then suddenly the tannoy boomed out:

A special message, this one – we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Mr Fraser Lewry, and wish him luck as he appears on Stars In Their Eyes this evening as Mick Hucknall.

Cue much hilarity amongst my friends, and much jumping up and down and pointing of fingers.

Yesterday I also went to see the mighty Northampton Town play Leyton Orient. Next week it’s my birthday, and I’d completely forgotten about the traumatic events of my previous visit. At half time, the PA crackled into life and I heard:

We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Mr Fraser Lewry, who’s just been voted Northamptonshire hairdresser of the year. This messages comes from all his colleagues at the Blow and Go Salon in Enfield.

Please remind me never to go to a football match on or near my birthday ever again.


  1. Good Lord, you’ve made me want to go and watch the football. Will they play next year too?

  2. It’s possible, depending on how results for the rest of this season go. The game might not take place or or near my birthday, although I doubt this would stop my friend from organising another ‘surprise’.

  3. Do you really look like Mick Hucknall?

  4. Well, I used to have long curly ginger hair. This is no longer the case.

  5. up the orient!

    oooh, sorry…

    condolences on having yet another birthday, old chap ;)

  6. *mighty* Northampton Town?

  7. Ambown strikes again, Frase?

  8. Many happy birthday greetings, it is my birthday as well and it’s great to be stuck at work in front of a computer. Only a few years ago you would book your b’day off so you could get propery bladdered all day, 2 kids later and a curry and pint seems like a nice ‘safe’ option. Im only 32.

  9. Ha ha! I knew! Ambown was so excited it was the nearest he comes to intoxicated these days! But I couldn’t make it! Hope you had a good one.

  10. Happy belated :) … thing. Birthday. Yay.

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