STRIKER Adrian Heath had a frantic morning before he even arrived at the Goals Dudley tournament.
He set off bus in plenty of time and was sure he had mastered the route timetable.
The bus driver even assured Ade he knew Goals Dudley and would make sure he was dropped off right outside.
In fact, Ade found himself dumped in the middle of a housing estate two miles away.
He was due to play in the club’s North team (of Over 50s) and when manager Gary Davis heard of his lost lamb, Bob Haywood kindly agreed to go and fetch him – although the kick off time was looming fast.
Bob thought he knew where Ade was stranded at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere in the pouring rain.
But the gods were against a quick rendezvous and the hapless pair eventually made it to the tournament just in the nick of time.
The nail-biting episode was worth it, though, as Ade’s goal power helped North to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, before going out to our South team (Over 60s) who in turn narrowly lost in the final to Beechcroft, now called Birmingham.
It remains unclear how Ade managed to find himself abandoned in Tame Road, Brandhall, Oldbury, when he should have been in Cakemore Road, Blackheath.
But the venue’s name – Goals Dudley – didn’t help matters as it’s not in any part of the Dudley MBC area, but in neighbouring Sandwell.
Work that out, if you can!