Diehard Sheffield Wednesday fan Paul Carver refused to throw in the towel over England’s World Cup prospects when he appeared on a top TV chat show in South Korea.
He proudly showed his treasured Owls bath sheet to millions during a discussion on which team would be best in Brazil - the night before the Three Lions’ decisive defeat by Uruguay.
Paul, aged 38, has lived in Seoul for the last seven years with wife Sunme and their two children, where he works as an accountant for the local branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He was invited on the chat show as a result of his backing for local team FC Seoul, which has seen him help set up a supporters’ club for foreign fans in the capital.
Dad Chris said Paul was invited to give his verdict on England’s chances along with other overseas fans talking up their countries’ prospects.
“Paul was able to mention his support for Wednesday when they asked about his background – he proudly produced the towel and they showed a clip of an Owls match with Korean subtitles,” he said.
“They were also fascinated by a connection he has with David Beckham – his uncle Teddy is his great-grandfather, so that went down very well.”
Paul is only able to catch Wednesday games a couple of times a year his family on regular summer and winter visits to his family –despite having a much smaller holiday allocation than is common at British companies.
Chris said he had already pencilled in the home game against Nottingham Forest for his holiday in the UK in August.
“Paul is a fourth or fifth generation Wednesday fan, the club is in his blood,” he added.
“And he hopes the tradition will continue.”