An April Fool's Day joke from Wolves

Wolves flew to Newcastle today - with the club joining in the April Fool's Day spirit by claiming goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann piloted the plane.

Wolves flew to Newcastle today - with the club joining in the April Fool's Day spirit by claiming goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann piloted the plane.

The club have chartered a private jet for the 200-mile journey to Tyneside, which left Birmingham this afternoon.

On board - although not at the controls - was Hahnemann, who has recently qualified as a pilot to fly four-seater planes.

But the club released a convincing video on their official website at breakfast time, complete with footage and quotes from Hahnemann, chief executive Jez Moxey, captain Karl Henry and former goalkeeper Matt Murray 'talking up' the American's role in the flight.

The excellent spoof fooled BBC WM presenter Daz Hale, who reported it on air this morning before realising his gaffe.

Henry said: "Marcus has got his pilot's licence and he's flying us up to Newcastle.

"When I heard he was flying, I was going to make my own way there! But he has a qualified co-pilot with him. A few of the lads have been up with him already.

"I'm not a great flyer - I prefer long haul flights. Marcus will probably follow his nose to America!"

Murray added: "He's definitely flying the plane. Ever since he got his licence, any spare moment he's had, he's been up in the air, and he's taken a few of the lads up too."

It is the first time Wolves have flown for a domestic game under boss Mick McCarthy and the trip evokes happy memories of New Year's Day 1990.

The team were joined by scores of fans flying up to Newcastle, before Steve Bull scored all four goals in a 4-1 win at St James' Park.