Dinny Corcoran said his phone was hopping on Monday evening and it was not due to him being named League of Ireland Player of the Month for February just hours earlier.
On Monday afternoon, the Bohs striker made a surprise appearance on Channel 4 show Countdown.
"I struggled but I managed to keep it quiet up until now," the 30-year-old told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.
"I didn't think so many people would be watching Channel 4 at two o'clock on a Monday afternoon. I'm not looking forward to training tonight, I'll tell you that much."
It was Corcoran's mother who applied for him to be on the show.
My mother was a big fan growing up and I watched it with her. She thought I was very good so she went and applied on my behalf and I just happened to make it. I said I'd go for it. It's mainly through my mother but I'm regretting it now.
They ring you to do a test over the phone and see how you are and I passed it - it was that simple. Then they booked the flights and I was on the show. It was just one phone examination. You could easily cheat, I could have had a laptop in front of me. I was honest.
Corcoran's opponent was a retired librarian from Lutterworth named Maggie Barlow. Despite a good effort, he lost the show 97-50.
"She was very good. It was actually her fourth win in a row - I'm not sure how many she went on to win in the end. My mother was devasted that I came up against someone so good."
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