AN ENGLAND football fan was shocked to return from his holiday to come face to face with the Welsh dragon.
Nick White had been gleefully winding up his Welsh-born friends in Marford before taking a week's holiday in Menorca.
But his neighbours had the last laugh - during his absence they painted a striking Welsh flag on his garage door.
'My friends, Richard and Sadie Thompson, were coming back from holiday as I took my family away,' said Nick, who is originally from Bolton.
'I had been telling them I was going to paint a St George's cross on my garage on my return. They are both very Welsh and I'm very English and I had been going on for weeks about Euro 2004 and Wales not qualifying.'
After a week in the sun 33-year-old Nick returned to find what for him was a shocking scene.
'My wife's car, a 4x4 Freelander, had moved from where I'd parked it against the garage,' said Nick.
'It was 11.30pm and I thought we had been robbed. Then I spotted what I thought was a strange shadow on the garage door.
'When I got closer I realised what it was and I was furious. I knew who was behind it at once and thought it had been done with a light paint like a whitewash.
'But I could smell the gloss and realised they had done a proper job.
'I went inside and 10 minutes later got a text from Richard to come outside.
'He had been in the neighbour's car filming my reaction. My wife Joanne thought I must have great mates to go to so much trouble.'
And trouble it was. Richard began his stunt by using his 4x4 Land Rover to drag the Freelander out of the way.
'As he did so neighbours came out, thinking someone was stealing the car,' said Nick.
'Once Richard explained what he and Sadie were doing, they provided them with cups of tea and let Richard hide in their car!'
Richard and Sadie spent three days painting the garage and enlisted the help of another friend, artist Tracy Morgan, to paint the dragon.
'It was a professional job, the biggest and best practical joke ever pulled on me,' said Nick.
'I have tried to sell the door on eBay but received little interest so I'm going to wait until after Euro 2004 and see if anyone wants it then.
'If not I will store it at my dad's small-holding in Oswestry. I can't destroy it, it's too good.'