A city man has told how he had to begrudgingly announce the goals on one of MK Dons’ greatest days.
Queens Park Rangers fan Pete Nuttall is the stadium announcer at the Hoops home of Loftus Road - the scene of Dons’ superb 4-2 victory in the FA Cup fourth round last month.
As the city side raced into a 4-0 lead against their Premier League opponents not many could believe what was going on - not least Mr Nuttall who had to confirm the names of Dons scorers Dean Lewington, Ryan Lowe, Ryan Harley and Darren Potter.
“It was difficult,” he said. “Obviously it was good to see a team from Milton Keynes do so well, but as a QPR fan I was absolutely gutted.”
Mr Nuttall, from Crownhill, announces as part of his business P10 Productions, which aims to provide match day entertainment packages.
He has also flexed his vocal chords for rugby union side Wasps, rugby league outfit Leeds Rhinos and Northamptonshire County Cricket club, as well as major one-off events such as the Super League grand final and the Paralympics.
After initially working at QPR as a DJ he has now been announcing at the Hoops for 15 years.
“You have to be a fan I think, as it’s hard to fake it,” he said.
“I have been lucky enough to be at some great events, the Paralympics in particular were tremendous.”