Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has become the latest Saints star to deny responsibility for the parody ‘Boring Mark Flanagan’ Twitter account.
The account, which has attracted more than 1,000 followers, pokes fun at Langtree Park ace Flanagan, portraying him obsessed with domestic chores and bin collection dates.
Good-natured Flanagan sees the funny side of the spoof but reckons one of his Saints teammates is behind the practical joke - and has vowed revenge .
But with some of the humour in the 140-word messages near-the-knuckle, a number of Saints stars have refuted being the ‘Boring Flash’ mastermind. Now LMS, a renowned joker in the Saints’ pack, denied any involvement, claiming he doesn’t have the brainpower to pull off such a stunt.
He said: “I think it’s one of his celebrity mates because he likes hanging around in those circles.
“Knowing Mark, it could be anyone - he likes hanging around with all the A-listers.
“There’s been a few rumours at training.
“People seem to think it might be Wilko or Wello, but I’ve got no idea. It’s too smart to be me!”
On the account, the phoney Flanagan tweets about his love of crosswords and domestic chores such as ironing as well as his concerns about recycling.
It follows a recent trend of parody sport Twitter feeds, such as Boring James Milner and KP Genius, which mocked erstwhile England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who famously fell out with teammates Stuart Broad and Matt Prior over the account.
Flash, however, is made of much sterner stuff and sees the funny side of the “boring” tag. But he has promised to extract a suitable revenge on the culprit.
It’s not the first time the genial Flanagan has been the victim of a Twitter prank, though.
Earlier this year, teammate Wilkin gained access to Flash’s account and fired out a series of embarrassing tweets.
Flanagan said: “I made the mistake of leaving my computer in Jon Wilkin’s car with my Twitter page already logged on. When I noticed my account was being used I kept trying to change my password but he was obviously still logged in.
“When I finally got my computer back there was a parody account set up and they’re all jumping on the bandwagon. I guess it’s one of the joys of playing a team sport!
“I don’t mind though - I give as good as I take.”
Flanagan, 26, who has been in top form this season since returning from a serious knee injury, is keeping an open mind about who is responsible, with friend and Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher also under suspicion.
“Maybe I’m being paranoid but I keep getting the feeling the other players have been talking about me when I walk into a room,” he said.
“For all I know there could be several culprits. Maybe the whole squad know the account password.”
But Flanagan insists he will have his own back on the culprit or culprits, warning: “Revenge will be sweet!”
Among the recent tweets from Boring Mark Flanagan are:
“The postman normally delivers the post at 09.40 and it’s now 09.52. I hope he’s okay.”
“Just went out for a walk bumped into my neighbour. We both said hi at the same time #weird”
“So excited and I couldn’t wait to tell you all this! I have 84 @Shell points. I feel on top of the world.”