Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom star left confused by US election prank

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Portland fans are so taken by former West Brom, Birmingham City and Aston Villa star Liam Ridgewell that he has been put forward for local election.

A versatile defender on his day in the Premier League, Liam Ridgewell could be set for an altogether different kind of position if a renegade group of Portland Timbers fans found online get there way.

The supporters of the MLS franchise have launched a campaign that has seen Ridgewell’s name submitted for the November ballots of an upcoming local election for the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Zone 5 position.

Timbers supporter Gwendolyn Pitkin came up with the idea after filling out her own ballots last week. It was here that the 24-year-old noted there was only one candidate for the soil and water conservation posts.

The solution is easy, according to Pitkin in an interview with the Oregonian: "We love Liam Ridgewell and thought it would be a funny thing to write his name in. It started out as a funny little thing and it kind of became a thing of its own on Twitter."

The hashtag #VoteRidgy soon appeared, while the player’s Wikipedia page was updated to include a line on this latest development.

Ridgewell moved to the club over the summer following his release by West Brom and despite expressing confusion at the online campaign, was also able to see the funny side.

"I don't even understand it. I'm not too sure. I'm not ready to be mayor or governor or anything, that's for sure,” he told the Oregonian.

"... I just think if I was elected I would just make sure that the Tualatin golf course got the right amount of water and right amount of sod to keep my golf efforts going."

A bright future in politics could yet lie in wait for former Midlands journeyman, who once garnered headlines for the wrong kind of reasons in the UK after pictures emerged of him using money as toilet paper.

Let’s hope that doesn’t come back to bite him in the ... you get the picture.

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