At the point when Royton Town turned up at Stockport Georgians for their Manchester Premier League coordinate on Saturday, they told their hosts they were shy of players and drafting in the 43-year-old dad of one of their regulars
What they didn't state was the father being referred to was previous Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes.
Presently the eleventh level of English football isn't the place you'd hope to see one of the Premier League's most noteworthy players, yet Scholes bound up his boots after a call from Royton director Mark Howard.
"We had eight or nine of our senior players missing and Paul said he'd be cheerful to assist in the event that we were ever short as his child Arron plays for us," said Howard.
"It's awesome for the group. He raises the level of everyone around him by 10-15% and adversaries would prefer not to look imbecilic before him."
Scholes, topped 66 times by England, won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues with United.
"Normally these kind of diversions pull in 40 or 50 individuals however there were significantly more there when word got out that he was playing," said Royton executive Gary Leeming.
"I can't envision Stockport Georgians have ever had such a significant number of individuals on their auto stop.
"We were down to the no frills. He's 43 currently yet he's still understood that enchantment wand and he was completely awesome for us.
"He clearly has a considerable measure of media duties however he every so often prepares with us when he can is as yet an incredible player."
Regardless of the nearness of their profoundly adorned intruder, Royton - who are fourth in the table - lost 1-0.