Nottingham - A feral 'Forest' boy who turned up at The Kop claiming he'd spent five wild years foraging for a living at the City Ground has been outed as a fraud.
A news conference this morning saw police, social services and football groundsmen identify the 20 year-old as a 'plant' from local rival team The Magpies.
"He's a fraud alright," a red-faced Kop turnstile operator commented.
"We woz all hoodwinked by the hard luck story," the Scouser added, "and now it turns out the kid's just a Steve Cotterill wannabe shoeshine boy."
The Nottingham Forest manager has denied any knowledge of the mystery lad's activities and blamed supporter turf wars with Notts County for the scam.
An official nine month probe has seen the unnamed youth diagnosed as some sort of nomadic amnesiac who was taken under the wing of kindly Anfield authorities ever since turning up on their doorstep last September.
Warm-hearted Kop groundsmen gave the lad money and a club strip, put him up in a VIP hospitality booth to overwinter and generally tended to his many personal needs after falling for his sadass tale.
Today the deception lies in tatters amid calls to charge the lad with wasting police time, wasting social services' time and wasting Kop supporters club members' valuable drinking time.
Brian Clough is rolling around in his grave.