Deadline day is fast becoming one of the nation’s most beloved events with its own traditions and personalities. Sky Sports News presenter Jim White has turned into a modern day Santa Clause bestowing gifts on football clubs as they clamour for new players while groups of dubious looking folk gather around television reporters grinning inanely, whooping excitedly and offering the occasional obscene gesture at the camera.
Yet on 31st August, one Stoke City fan stood out for his stand against the hyperbole of the day when it was announced that Wilson Palacios had joined his club from Tottenham. The look on his face when the price tag is read out is simpy priceless. You can’t really miss him but just in case, he’s the rather burly chap rolling up a cigarette to the leftof the screen.
Sir, we salute you: