With a transfer to Manchester United all but signed, Paul Ince cast himself as an eternal hate figure of West Ham fans present and future by prematurely staging the obligatory photo shoot in United red.
"I spoke to Alex Ferguson," he recalled, "and the deal was close to being done. I then went on holiday and my agent said it wasn't worth me coming back to do a picture in a United shirt when the deal was completed, so I should do one before I left and it would be released when the deal was announced.
"The photographer took the picture and put it into the newspaper's library. Soon after, the sister paper were looking for a picture of me and found the one of me in a United shirt in the pile.
"They published it and all hell let loose. I came back from holiday to discover West Ham fans were going mad.
"It wasn't really my fault, I was only a kid. I did what my agent told me and took all the crap for it."