Lifelong Spurs fan Fiona Rochester had flown over from Australia to be a surprise guest at her dad’s 70th birthday bash in Leamington that weekend.
Naturally, she couldn’t resist the chance to take in one of our matches in person during her stay but, as the party wasn’t taking place until the following day, she was forced to go ‘undercover’ when we visited the Baggies for fear of accidentally revealing that she was in the country!
“I basically had to make sure I had a hat and a scarf on, just in case I was shown on television in the crowd,” laughed Fiona, who has lived Down Under for the last 12 years and was lucky enough to meet Mauricio Pochettino (pictured, below) and some of our players in person when we visited her home city of Sydney for a post-season match following the 2014-15 campaign.
“I didn’t know where I was sitting because I didn’t actually get the ticket myself, so I had to make sure I was really well bundled up just in case the cameras panned over me at any point.
“We’ve also got a friend who is a season ticket holder at West Brom who had actually asked my dad if he wanted to go to the game too. As it happens, he didn’t go but it was perfectly feasible that he could have been there with our friend as they’d been to a lot of games together in the past. I had no idea and obviously I couldn’t ask the question or I’d have given the game away!”
So did Fiona manage to remain ‘incognito’ before her dad, Mike Calvert, had his big surprise the following day?
“I was sitting there at the game wondering if I was going to be on Match of the Day – unfortunately it was a 1-1 draw and not that interesting so luckily I wasn’t shown and I managed to keep it all very quiet!” she recalled.
“I’d landed on the Friday night, had a mate pick me up from the airport and then later got the train to the game, meeting up with a friend at the ground. It was quite hard work to organise all that from Australia but it was worth it for my old man. He’s a big Spurs fan, so he brought me up properly!”