'Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It': Rishi Sunak Mocked After Football Message Backfires
Rishi Sunak filmed the video in Number 10
Rishi Sunak has been mocked by a football manager after his message of support for a team in a Tory constituency backfired.
The prime minister threw his weight behind Stockton Town in their Northern Premier League play-off final against Long Eaton United yesterday.
In a cringey video filmed in 10 Downing Street, Sunak said he had been told about the match by Matt Vickers, the Tory MP for Stockton South.
He said: “I understand you’ve got some of the best and loudest fans around, and Stockton is right behind you, and the town couldn’t be prouder.
“I just wanted to wish you the very best of luck in today’s final.”
Holding up a Stockton Town top, the PM added: “Good luck The Anchors.”
A message for @stockton_townfc from @RishiSunak ahead of todays Northern Premier League playoff final.
Good luck boys - everyone is right behind you! #UTApic.twitter.com/vVqmCd8qFR
— Matt Vickers MP (@Matt_VickersMP) April 29, 2023
But despite the PM’s support, Stockton Town lost 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 2-2.
In his own video message after the game, Long Eaton Utd manager Ian Deakin couldn’t resist a dig at Sunak for his pre-match comments.
He said: “A message for Rishi Sunak - put that one in your pipe and smoke it.”
🎥 | Post-Match Interview
The Management Team. 💙
Find out what Ian Deakin, Craig Swinscoe & Adam Campbell had to say following this afternoon’s unbelievable 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Stockton Town that has lifted the Blues to step three. 💪#YouBlues 🔵⚫️
— (P) Long Eaton United FC (@LongEatonUnited) April 29, 2023
Sunak’s discomfort was also enjoyed by the local Labour Party in Erewash, where Long Eaton Utd play.
WINNERS 👏👏👏! pic.twitter.com/nHyFhijB45
— Erewash Labour (@ErewashLabour) April 29, 2023