Manchester United fan Tommy Dunn managed to board the Barcelona team bus as the players made their way to the Etihad stadium for the Champions League clash with Manchester City in the week.
I knew in advance that the Barca team were staying at The Lowry Hotel.
I got up that morning and said to my lads, “I think I will try and get on the team bus today”.
I waited for the team to come out then went up to the driver, who asked me who I was and I said I was security and would be travelling with the team to the ground.
I sat behind the driver and greeted the players as they got on the coach by saying “Hola” to each one.
Lionel Messi answered me in broken English, saying “Hello”.
Then the manager, Luis Enrique, got on, and thought I was the driver. He said “let’s go”.
I said, “no, I’m with the driver”. He was round the back of the coach putting bags in.
At that point I got off the coach. I had the suit, tie, shirt, the whole shebang.
It is down to confidence and having the front.
It happens all the time, security is so lax.
If it gives people a laugh it can’t be a bad thing.
The Salford-based prankster has a history of similar activities, with his son – who is also called Tommy, once breaking into the England team hotel for a secretly-filmed ‘sting’ on John Terry.