In its Pass Notes style, the Guardian tells the story of Lee Chapman:
Chapman is a postman who looks like Jamie Vardy. He is also a diehard Leicester City fan and came to minor prominence when the team hauled him on to the victory bus to celebrate with his beloved Foxes in the wake of their Premier League triumph.
That’s nice. Yes, it was.
Is it not still? It was nice for a while. A lookalike agency spotted the photos the team posted from the bus and offered Chapman work. The Royal Mail has given him six months off to pursue the opportunity.
That is REALLY nice! He’s got a verified Twitter account with more than 3,500 followers, where he offers fans the chance to make video messages with him and posts pictures of himself in full Leicester kit with them at events. Rumours swirl about a Celebrity Big Brother appearance and UK comedy tour with other lookalikes.
Sound, hopefully lucrative, moves. But Chapman says that Vardy – and his new wife, Rebekah Nicholson, have blocked him on Twitter and Instagram.
What?! No?! Why? Vardy’s agent reportedly sent Chapman a text message warning him not to do anything that would put any of Vardy’s endorsement deals at risk.When this story was tweeted, someone thought of the masterly hashtag #mardyVardy.
'Mardy', for the uninitiated, is a good East Midlands word meaning something like spoilt, childish or sulky.