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Uttoxeter Town FC player Vodas loses his way en route to big match

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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UTTOXETER Town Football Club has grown inexorably in the last few years as it moves towards semi-professional status.

But the professionalism of one of the club's players was called into question when he turned up at the wrong ground for a league game on Tuesday night.

Left-back Chris 'Vodas' Richards found himself benched after walking into the away dressing room to find his team-mates looked 'a little different from usual'.

But that was unsurprising – given they played for Gloucester FC.

The 26-year-old had gone to Tamworth FC's ground instead that of nearby Bolehall Swifts, to whom Town lost 1-0 after conceding a goal from a set piece.

Vodas told the Post and Times his fellow players and coaching staff saw the funny side of his error.

He said: "I got the text to say we were playing Bolehall Swifts and assumed they played at the main ground in Tamworth, which belongs to Tamworth FC.

"I went straight from work and followed the signs to the ground.

"I parked up and went to the away dressing room.

"When I opened the door I looked at the players and thought 'hang on – this isn't my team'. "There was a bit of laughter from the Gloucester boys as I slowly backed out of the room.

"I asked a member of staff if Town were playing. That's when I discovered it was actually Tamworth against Gloucester.

"So when I actually arrived at the correct ground, all my team-mates were heading out to warm up and I got a big cheer and ironic round of applause."

Town manager Mark Grimley said he hoped Vodas had learned his lesson.

He said: "He called me up and said he'd walked into the Gloucester changing rooms and thought 'wow – there are some new faces at the club here'.

"The moral of the story is that he must always read his texts thoroughly and research where he needs to be.

"He's had a fair bit of stick and banter about it so hopefully there won't be a repeat in the future.

"We were disappointed to lose the game but we've adapted well to this level of football and only lost narrowly to a team that was fourth last year."

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