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King’s Lynn football fan’s surprise encounter with the town’s former player Dom Dwyer

PUBLISHED: 13:40 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 22 June 2017

Ex-Norwich City and King's Lynn prospect Dom Dwyer is on the verge of a senior US debut. Picture: MIKE GUNNOE

Ex-Norwich City and King's Lynn prospect Dom Dwyer is on the verge of a senior US debut. Picture: MIKE GUNNOE

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An expat King’s Lynn Town football fan was delighted to meet a former player for the club in a chance encounter - all the way over in the United States.

The moment footballer Dom Dwyer noticed the King's Lynn scarf held by Richard Peacock. Picture: Richard Peacock The moment footballer Dom Dwyer noticed the King's Lynn scarf held by Richard Peacock. Picture: Richard Peacock

Richard Peacock, 28, was visiting some friends in Kansas City when they suggested going to a football match of their local team, Sporting Kansas City.

Mr Peacock, who now lives in Las Vegas but is originally from North Wootton, King’s Lynn, searched online to find out whether their were any ex-European league players in the team.

Mr Peacock said: “The single Brit was Dom Dwyer, who I Googled and was amazed to find out that not only did he spend time at Norwich, but also in King’s Lynn and went to the College of West Anglia.

“So of course I had to take my King’s Lynn scarf along. I went to quite a few King’s Lynn games when I was younger, so I must have seen Dom play at some point.”

Richard Peacock (right) with friend Garrett Page at a Sporting Kansas City match, sporting a Linnets scarf to catch the attention of former KLFC player Dom Dwyer. Picture: Richard Peacock Richard Peacock (right) with friend Garrett Page at a Sporting Kansas City match, sporting a Linnets scarf to catch the attention of former KLFC player Dom Dwyer. Picture: Richard Peacock

After the Wednesday, June 14 match ended, Mr Peacock - dressed in KLFC garb - waved his yellow and blue scarf around and successfully caught the attention of Mr Dwyer, but did not expect the footballer to approach him.

“After the match ended and the players were circling the pitch we moved down towards the tunnel, hoping Dom would recognise the King’s Lynn scarf I brought with me,” he said.

“He spotted it from midfield, pointed and headed straight towards us, and was kind enough to sign the scarf and give me his boots.

“It was great to see him point and smile as he noticed the random King’s Lynn scarf, and head straight towards us. All I was expecting was maybe a handshake - there were a lot of fans vying for his attention.

“Dom is clearly a class act. He is a fan favourite in Kansas City and it’s clear from not only his footballing talent but his interactions with everyone in the crowd why this is the case.

“We didn’t get a chance to speak as he had lots of fans wanting his autograph, but I was very appreciative of him coming straight over.”

Mr Dwyer was raised in King’s Lynn, moved to the US on a scholarship in 2009 and was drafted in by Sporting Kansas City in 2012.

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