From Liechtenstein to Darlington
Heard the one about the Liechtenstein international signing for Darlington?
His last five fixtures read as follows:
In case he has not reached your radar yet, his name is Franz Burgmeier, his preferred position is the left wing and he must rate as one of the most unusual signings of recent times.
The north east, of course, is no stranger to seasoned internationals. It is just that not many of them sign for Darlington - and even fewer are initially spotted by the chairman's grandson.
Burgmeier was a member of the Liechtenstein side that lost 2-0 to England in a Euro qualifier at Old Trafford in 2003 and Max, the then seven-year-old grandson of chairman George Houghton, was impressed with what he saw.
Max was reminded of Michael Essien and mentioned Burgmeier to his granddad and Quakers director David Jones, who carried out some research into the player and kept tabs on his progress.
Earlier this summer, Burgmeier returned to Swiss side Basel after a spell on loan at FC Thun. After talking with coach Christian Gross, once of Tottenham, it became clear that his future lay elsewhere and the final year of his contract was paid up.
There was interest from French side Metz and a couple of offers in Switzerland but Darlington made their move and offered the 26-year-old a trial.
Was he keen? "Two days later I was there," explains the likeable Burgmeier, a man who comes across as being extremely happy with the way events have turned out.
Darlington might be dwarfed by neighbours Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland but the winger had heard about his prospective new club from Gaetano Giallanza, who had a season with the Quakers and used to play with Bergmeier in Switzerland.
Once he arrived, Bergmeier quickly impressed manager Dave Penney and has gone down a storm in his adopted town, with the fans of Darlington really taking to their Liechtensteiner.
The feeling seems to be mutual.
"The lifestyle is different from Switzerland but the people have been very friendly and the players are really helping me," explains Bergmeier.
"I like the British lifestyle. They are nice people, they don't worry too much about things."
When he first came to England with Liechtenstein he wasn't overly enamoured with the food but has been pleasantly surprised this time around and - no major surprise here - cheerfully reports that he has never drunk so much tea. A trip to a traditional English pub is on the cards.
Since arriving Burgmeier had been living in a hotel but moved into an apartment on Monday and with no international fixtures until he travels to Wales for a qualifier on 11 October the winger is relishing time to properly settle in.
And while he speaks good English I thought the fact that Bergmeier described Gross as his "gaffer" at Basel suggests that the new boy is starting to pick up one or two colloquialisms.
Talk to him about trips to old-fashioned grounds such as Macclesfield and he speaks with great enthusiasm about how much he enjoys being so close to the crowd, reckons that you can really "feel the atmosphere".
Bergmeier netted his debut goal in the 2-1 win at home over Port Vale and made the other one. "He can play on both the left and the right, and is certainly a threat," was the assessment of manager Dave Penney. Last Saturday Burgmeier impressed again, delivering quality balls from out wide as Darlo swept aside Accrington. On the pitch the early signs are that Burgemeier will be a success at his new club.
Not everything is perfect. The weather has been miserable and he is missing the mountains a little, but the 26-year-old from Vaduz is living his dream of playing professional football in England.
Burgmeier, who is closing in on 50 caps, lists his favourite footballing memory as Liechtenstein's 2-2 draw with Portugal in the autumn of 2004. He played on the left side and was up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Ferreira.
It might not be as sexy, eye-catching or spectacular but he is hoping that he can surpass the draw with Portugal by winning promotion with Darlington.
"I think Darlington should be in a higher division," he said. "Look at the stadium. The club should be in at least League One or the Championship."