A user of Spurs forum The Fighting Cock booked a golf course under the names of Gareth Bale and Daniel Levy, tricking Sky Sports News and the Mail into reporting on it.
The Welsh star looks set for a return to Tottenham on a season-long loan having left them for Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85.3m.
Psst, 17.28 could be one to follow pic.twitter.com/uFXarhdVmm
— Jay Rajdev (@jayrajdev) September 18, 2020
And amidst all the excitement and speculation, one mischievous fan made the booking apparently as a joke intended for his fellow message board posters.
However, it took on a life of its own and ended up being covered by major media outlets.