A self-confessed Hull City obsessive, who runs a popular Spring Bank vinyl shop, has revealed how he might have influenced their big win over Preston North End on Tuesday night.

Darran Crowther, 51, was putting out some new stock in Disc Discovery when he was visited by a man wearing a big black coat, flanked by two others - but he was blissfully unaware who they were.

Mr Crowther has visited "120-odd" football grounds supporting the Tigers, but was shocked when the surprise visitors turned out to be Premier League referee Jonathan Moss and his two assistant referees.

The ref - who also owns his own vinyl shop and café in Leeds - travels up and down the country officiating some of the world's biggest games, but was in Hull on Wednesday evening to preside over City's 4-0 win over Preston at the KCOM Stadium.

Disc Discovery, Spring Bank
Disc Discovery, Spring Bank

However, it appears football is not his only passion.

During the short visit to Spring Bank, he even posed for a picture having made a few purchases from Mr Crowther.

Describing his surprise to see his unexpected guests, the owner said: "He [Mr Moss] popped in at 5pm-ish. He came in, then his two linesmen came in.

"I asked him if he was working in town and he said he was refereeing the game.

"I had just bought some stock and was putting it out and he came in.

"He is into his 90's vinyls. He was liking the Manchester stuff like The Happy Mondays, Blur, Verve. He knew what he was doing.

"He wanted to stay and look around some more but he was in a rush.

"I found it funny. He said he'd reffed us a few times. Because I'm a big football fan, it's just interesting that he came in."

Mr Crowther says vinyl is undergoing a resurgence and that he has welcomed several high profile visitors through his doors.

After Mr Moss' visit, he went on to officiate City's 4-0 thrashing of Preston in which Jarrod Bowen scored his 50th and 51st goals for the club.

The Tigers moved up to ninth place in the Championship with the three points, ahead of Saturday's trip to Barnsley.

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