Maidenhead Fan Saves Woman From Being Hit In The Face With Heroic Defensive Header
Maidenhead United fan Joshua Dunn is being labelled "a hero" after he saved his ex-girlfriend from a nasty injury during the club's Buildbase FA Trophy tie against Wealdstone.
The 23-year-old watched from the stands as midfielder Sam Barratt attempted to test Maidenhead goalkeeper Lee Worgan from distance.
The former Bracknell Town player struck it well but his powerful effort flew over the bar and straight towards those in attendance at York Road.
But thanks to the quick thinking of Dunn, he leapt like a salmon to save his partner from a smack to the face.
It was a moment that he, and the thousands in attendance, will never forget.
"I remember thinking "Barratt could score this, he has a great left foot." Dunn told SPORTbible.
"The next thing I know, the ball is flying towards me and my girlfriend at the time. My natural reaction was just to head the ball. I can remember saying "have it!" after heading the ball!"
So, after such a heroic and courageous act, what did his girlfriend say afterwards? Surely a thank you was in order?
"My girlfriend didn't say a word." Dunn added. "She just looked at me. I think she thought "fair play" but didn't want to say it."
Despite a lack of response from his partner at the time, Dunn readjusted his hat and carried on like normal but to his surprise, the video was published online in the coming days.
"I didn't think much of it until a day later, when the video went online and it started to get loads of views.
"I've been to a lot of football games, but this will be a story to tell the grandkids. I've watched that video over and over again.
"I remember all of the sounds in that video. It's odd because I remember someone at work saying "have you seen this" and I tried to get them to believe it was me!"
To be fair, the stand told him to do it pic.twitter.com/sHTc5TrCzV
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Dunn thanked FCVideo for their efforts in publishing the clip on social media.
"I have to thank them for the recording of it. I remember when the Maidenhead games weren't recorded. To think, that moment could have been missed."
Not all heroes wear capes. To be honest, I think Joshua deserves a pro contract after this magnificent piece of defending. Any suitors? Ole Gunnar?