It sounds a bit like a dream, or a football cartoon story.

It’s not though. St Pauli, football’s original punk club, have called up their press officer into the squad for Saturday’s game against Hannover. Hauke Brückner was given an hour’s notice before training due to a shortage of available defenders (four).

Unusual, yes. Out of the ordinary for St Pauli? Not at all.

Read more at this post over at the Guardian.

Some more news from around the blogs…

There was of course this brilliant story about a Middlesbrough fan applying for the manager’s job back in 2006 – based purely on his Football Manager credentials. If the application letter alone isn’t funny enough, Steve Gibson’s response tops it off just nicely. It was reported in a few places, but the Letters of Note blog was a new one for me. Here’s the link. (you can find them on Twitter here: @lettersofnote)

There was also the news that a proper nawty Spanish newspaper “accidentally” edited out an Atletico Madrid player making it seem that Dani Alves was a good 10 yards offside. He wasn’t as you can see here, from OffThePost.

Finally, two now from Firstly, West Ham are set to sue to FA over Dean Ashton’s retirement. They feel that although he played 30 or so games after the injury, he retirement was soley due to his “ankle being smashed to pieces by Shaun Wright-Phillips”. Fair enough I suppose. Secondly, and more ammusingly, TOW provided the following video. Watch closely. Quality.

You can find them on Twitter: @bp_tow

18th Anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore

I will leave you with this. Today marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore. If you can, support the Bobby Moore Fund here