When flooding prevented a linesman from attending a football match tonight, fans were urged to step in.

A call must have been made to the crowd ahead of tonight’s Under-23 game at Maidstone United after the official’s train was canceled due to flooding on the line.

The plea was made via the stadium’s public address system by club secretary Ian Tucker.

He said: “You have a chance in the crowd to get involved tonight because due to the flooding on the Maidstone East line we are running out of a linesman.

“So if you’ve ever wanted to run down the side of this field with a flag in your hand – that’s something that has to go through your head several times a day – now is your chance.

“We are looking for a linesman or a linesman or a linesman to help us tonight.

“So if you’re qualified, happy days. “

The club posted a tweet saying: “Reasons why you should always bring your shoes to a No 76 game …”.

He also thanked “Jake” for intervening.

The Stones Under-23s were playing at Folkestone in a friendly at The Gallagher, where the 3G pitch allowed the game to play out despite the storm that left much of Maidstone underwater this afternoon.

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