For those who fault us over a rare slip of the finger

Sir Jack Hayward, chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football club, died today.

In August 2003, the Guardian newspaper was obliged to print the following priceless correction:

In our interview with Sir Jack Hayward, the chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers, page 20, Sport, yesterday, we mistakenly attributed to him the following comment: “Our team was the worst in the First Division and I’m sure it’ll be the worst in the Premier League.” Sir Jack had just declined the offer of a hot drink. What he actually said was “Our tea was the worst in the First Division and I’m sure it’ll be the worst in the Premier League.” Profuse apologies.

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  • It puts me in mind of the South African newspaper which was obliged to print two corrections and apologies on two consecutive days. The first corrected a critic’s review of a play starring the famous English actor Denis Prick and the second apologising for the first mistake in the spelling of Mr Penis Price’s name.

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