A PROMINENT Burton businessman’s heart ‘skipped, skipped a beat’ when a chart-topping singer decided to take part in his weekly football game.
Dave Bryon could not believe his eyes when he started warming up for a game at St George’s Park, only to be introduced to former X Factor star Olly Murs.
The singer, who has had hits with songs such as Troublemaker and Heart Skips a Beat, was at the site near Burton for rehabilitation at the Perform medical centre and decided to join a quick kickabout with the excited group – even netting five goals.
Mr Bryon, who organises the Burton Mail Business Awards, admitted to the Mail that the singer was ‘down to earth, lovely and quite a good footballer’.
He said: “The centre regularly hosts a game of football for staff and visitors and this was just one of those games.
“However, the latest game turned out to be very different after pop star Olly Murs made an appearance.
“Just before I was getting ready, a few lads from the centre came over and one introduced themselves as Olly.
“I just said ‘hello, I am Dave’ and didn’t think anything more of it, only that he had a passing resemblance to Olly Murs.
“It was only later, when I said this to one of my teammates, that the penny dropped and they said that it was him.
“I played on the same side as him and some of the workers from the Perform centre, and we easily finished up as winners.
“I think Olly scored about five goals – he was a very good player.
“He was a lovely, lovely person, down to earth and nothing was too much trouble.
“He was great with everybody who played in the game, was a pleasure to be around and a real wonderful guy.”
The 29-year-old rose to fame as the runner-up in the sixth series of the X Factor in 2009.
He is a keen footballer and played semi-professionally for Witham Town before turning his attention to the music industry.
It was not the singer’s first visit to Burton.
In July last year, he captained a team which played against a side captained by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw in a special five-a-side match.