Armchair Chelsea fan, Barry Nicholls, 39, has been a lifelong supporter for the last 7 years. He was unable to get a ticket for Wednesday's Champions League match against Barcelona, so thought he would have no involvement in the outcome of the game. Little did he realise the effect his twitter use would have on the result.
"I'd been tweeting all day, getting so excited in the run up to the game. Then during the handshakes, Puyol grabs Drogba's right hand a bit too tightly and Didier went down. I thought it was gonna be like that Muamba chap all over again. Then it came to me. Why not get everyone praying for him straight away. So I tweeted #prayfordrogba and stone me, he was up on his feet less than 2 minutes later."
Barry had not been much of a believer in the power of prayer but the events that unfolded during the match changed his view dramatically. "After ten minutes, Drogba went for a ball with Iniesta and next thing I know, he was thrashing about worse than the swimmer at the start of Jaws. I was sure he was about to croak, but I tweeted again and what do you know, the recovery was miraculous."
The incident that really tested Barry's sudden found faith came early in the second half. "He was chasing a lost ball in midfield and, just as Xavi flicked it away from his toes, a lone sniper on top of the stand caught him square between the eyes and he collapsed to the ground, motionless. I thought, that's it, he's brown bread now but tweeted all the same. Couldn't believe it! It was the best comeback since Lazarus said 'I'm feeling a bit better now'. Amazing".
When it suggested that he might start tweeting #prayfornickclegg, he laughed and said, "Don't be so stupid. Everything has it's limits".