"Jan, wo ist meine babygrow?"
|Rot-Weiss Essen 2-0 SC Verl. Stadion Essen.|
How else could you explain being given a pitch side photography pass as your matchday ticket, attending the post game press conference and interviewing the visiting manager who turned out to be a German version of Neil Warnock, drinking with a man in a bar who carries around a toy dog in a Liverpool hat, losing a signed Rot-Weiss babygrow as well as the hotel room key leaving you to sleep in a doorway until it was retrieved 45 minutes later?
|Willy doing what all great press officers do and being|
completely impartial, celebrating as Essen go 2-0 up
|Ending up with a photographers pass....|
|Not looking out of place with the professionals at all...|
|Positives of press pass - getting close to the cheerleaders|
|Andy tries to blend into the press box by taking notes|
|Verl manager Andreas Golombek enjoys another row with|
members of the home crowd
|The floodlight pylon from Essen's former home was moved|
to their new one
|The teams enter Stadion Essen|
|The Verl players thank their traveling support...|
|As do the Essen team, complete with MSV Duisburg banner|
|Joining the post match press conference|
|And meeting the great Herr Golombek|
|Meeting our new found friend Jan|
|The last sighting of the fabled|
signed Rot-Weiss Essen babygrow
Thankfully, unlike the babygrow that key was traced back to Fitzpatricks and after two taxi journeys at 3am in the morning to retrieve it, we woke up in bed to wonder just how much cheese you'd have to consume to dream the previous 24 hours activities. Essen - you simply couldn't make it up.
|An outside bar next to a level crossing would be asking for|
trouble in England...
Rot-Weiss Essen: Daniel Schwabke, Michael Laletin, Max Dombrowka, Jerome Propheter, Konstantin Fring, Kevin Grund (Benedikt Koep), Tim Hermes, Kai Nakowitsch, Marcel Platzek 1, Holger Lemke 1 (Alexander Langlitz), Samuel Limbasan (Roberto Guirino).
SC Verl: Sebastian Lange, Julian Schmidt, Daniel Mikic (Sam Salehi), Patryk Plucinski, Robert Mainka (Anton Safonov), Marco Kaminski, Phillip Semlits, Friedrich Bomer-Schulte (Sabastian Gaube), Jannik Schroder, Simon Engelmann, Matthias Haeder.