Liverpool FC legend named after viral joke
A former Liverpool FC legend has had an event space named after him following a viral prank that saw him apologize to a UK supermarket.
Jan Molby, who played for Liverpool from 1984 to 1996, was part of a viral joke earlier this year when comedian Troy Hawke posed as a host of the fictional ‘Greeters’ Guild’ outside a Waitrose and said the act was approved by Molby.
👋WELCOME TO WAITROSE👋 last episode of The Greeters Guild #troyhawke #greetersguild #MetalGearSolid #janmolby https://t.co/K89j14mm6f
— Troy Hawke (@Troy Hawke)
The bewildered staff said they did not know who the former Liverpool midfielder was, leading the comedian to demand a public apology from the supermarket.
Waitrose staff responded by singing Lady Gaga’s hit ‘Paparazzi’ and dancing with photos of Molby adorned with love hearts to apologize.
However, John Lewis at Liverpool has taken things a step further by emphasizing their love for the former player, renaming their community space “The Jan Molby Room”, which has been decorated with photos from his footballing career.
Both Waitrose and John Lewis are part of the John Lewis Partnership, which is the largest employee-owned company in the UK.
Photos of former player in the room Jan Molby (John Lewis Partnership/PA)
Jan Molby was even present at the unveiling of the venue last week, where he cut the ribbon and greeted fans.
John Lewis Liverpool manager Kylie Gilson said: “When we heard about Waitrose accidentally snubbing Jan, we knew we had to make amends.
Jan Molby with John Lewis Partners (John Lewis Partnership/PA)
“Jan is a local legend and knows a lot of people at the store, so it was great to have him back. He took it all in with a lot of humor and spent years catching up with his fans. I hope that’s an accepted apology!”
John Lewis staff member Pauline Olsen appeared to be stunned when she saw the former footballer, as she once described him as her “dream dinner guest”.
“Pauline is a subscriber and a Liverpool fan through and through. If anything, today has made her even more of a fan – she’ll be getting those dinner invites in no time,” Ms Gilson added.