Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Carlton Palmer named himself on the bench for seventh tier Grantham Town's visit to Ashton United on Tuesday night.
The 55-year-old has been manager of the Northern Premier League Premier Division side since April this year, but his side currently lie third bottom after nine matches this season.
Palmer refused the urge to bring himself on, though, as he watched his side earn a point on the road with a 2-2 draw.
The role at Grantham is his first in 16 years, having previously managed Mansfield Town between 2004 and 2005 as well as being a player-coach at Stockport County.
Grantham have never played in the football league but have been in their current division for nine years, having won the Northern Premier League Division One South in 2012.
Founded in 1874 and based in Lincolnshire, Grantham's 7,500 capacity South Kesteven Sports Stadium is a far cry from the glamour of the Premier League.
Palmer played in the top flight for six different clubs between 1985 and 2001, including Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.
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He also won 18 caps for England, including three at Euro 1992 in Sweden, and scored once for the Three Lions, coming in a 6-0 win over San Marino in 1993.
In total, Palmer made 369 professional appearances for nine clubs in England and Ireland during his 20-year career, scoring a total of 23 goals from centre-half.
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