Superstitious Sunderland players are worried their promotion campaign could be put in jeopardy by a ghost.
That's the spirit, lads
Black Cats stars insist they have seen a strange apparition hanging around the corridors of their training ground.
Striker Marcus Stewart told BBC Radio Newcastle: "What made me think it's true, is Stephen Elliott has seen it. He's adamant that he's seen something."
The alleged sighting coincided with Sunderland's home defeat by Reading - ending a run of eight straight wins.
Coincidence - or something more sinister at work perhaps?
The ghostly figure has also been spotted by backroom staff in the corridors of the Academy. It is described as a "strange black shape", but so far no-one has established whether it is a man or a woman.
Mick McCarthy's men travel to Ipswich this weekend for a crucial table-topping clash and will be hoping the spirit doesn't fancy a night on the Town.
One thing's for sure, if things continue as they are, Sunderland will be renaming their ground the Stadium of Fright.