Norwich City season-ticket holder Matt Grimmer came perilously close to missing his side's upcoming big Championship play-off final blow-out against Middlesbrough after his mischievous dog ate all three of his tickets while he was at work.
Norwich boss Alex Neil will tell his players to play Monday's £120 million Championship playoff final against Middlesbrough without fear after taking away the unknown element by visiting Wembley this week.
The Canaries play Boro for a place in the Premier League 12 months after their relegation from the top flight and a year after Neil guided Hamilton to the Scottish Premiership through the playoffs.
Neil has presided over a remarkable run of 16 wins from his 24 games in charge since his January...
Norwich saw off 10-man Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road to earn a shot at Middlesbrough in the Championship playoff final.
Following a tense start, the tie, which was level at 1-1 from the first leg, sprung to life when Ipswich defender Christophe Berra was sent off for handball on the line and Wes Hoolahan slotted in the resulting penalty after 49 minutes.
The Tractor Boys levelled the 99th East Anglia derby on the hour when defender Tommy Smith converted from close range.
Ipswich held Norwich to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Championship playoff semifinal in a feisty East Anglian derby at Portman Road.
Jonny Howson had swept the Canaries, who finished the regular season in third place, ahead on 41 minutes, after goalkeeper John Ruddy earlier produced a fine double save and Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey hit the post.
Ipswich, though, dragged themselves level in first half stoppage time through substitute Paul Anderson, who came on after midfielder Luke Varney...
The playoff system has not been kind to Mick McCarthy, but the Ipswich manager remains a fan nonetheless.
McCarthy has lost Championship playoff ties while in charge of Millwall, Sunderland and Wolves and on Saturday he will embark on another attempt to win promotion via that route when East Anglia rivals Norwich visit Portman Road in the semifinal first leg.
The fairness of the playoffs is often discussed, with the main bone of contention usually being that the team finishing sixth in the table...