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.

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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Matthew Nelson is a broadcast journalist and radio producer based in Queens, New York. He produces the soccer podcast Howler Radio and his work is regularly featured on the BBC World Service.

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.”