Football fans in Oxford have been sent for an early shower after supporters undertook a matchday MOT last month.
One in 10 Oxford United fans who received a free NHS mini health check at the home game against Oldham were given a red card and advised to book a GP appointment.
A further 10 per cent of the 248 supporters who took advantage of the check up were given the green-light, meaning no follow-up action was recommended.
The remaining 80 per cent were given an amber rating after the awareness-raising exercise by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health team.
Ratings were based on blood pressure readings and Body Mass Index (BMI) figures.
Oxford United managing director Niall McWilliams undertook the test himself prior to the game.
He said: “Taking steps to educate ourselves about keeping fit and healthy is imperative.
“Men, especially, can be reticent about their physical health but to achieve a good quality of life it
is crucial to take up the NHS
Health Check offered by your GP practice.”
Cabinet member for public health and education, Hilary Hibbert-Biles, said: “We’re delighted with the level of engagement and participation from the Oxford fans, some of whom may now have some extra motivation to focus a bit more on their long-term health.
“We were really pleased that 75 per cent of fans who got themselves checked were men.”
Full NHS checks are available for anyone aged between 40 and 74 without pre-existing conditions provided by GP surgeries.