Amusing case of mistaken ID

HADLEIGH United's recent trip to Rothwell in the FA Vase brought an amusing incident for the Ridgeons League club's manager Peter Grant.As soon as Hadleigh's coach arrived at their Northants destination a local fan, a Scot, came up to Grant and shook his hand warmly.

Elvin King

HADLEIGH United's recent trip to Rothwell in the FA Vase brought an amusing incident for the Ridgeons League club's manager Peter Grant.

As soon as Hadleigh's coach arrived at their Northants destination a local fan, a Scot, came up to Grant and shook his hand warmly.

“Nice to see you again, Peter. You haven't changed a bit,” was the friendly greeting.


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Grant, somewhat taken aback, had a brief chat with his new-found friend who it transpired was a big Celtic supporter.

Then the penny suddenly dropped.

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The star-struck fan had seen the Hadleigh manager's name in the match-day programme and thought he was speaking to the former Celtic and Scottish international star of the same name, who was also manager at Norwich City.

Hadleigh's boss never let on and the fan presumably went home none the wiser.

Incidentally, both Peter Grants were members of the same Celtic boys' club but at different times.

One went on to make 361 appearances for the Scottish giants while the other, three years younger, came south to join Ipswich Town - and eventually Hadleigh United!

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