We’re almost at that time of year where it’s nice to think about others and Bournemouth fans are certainly doing their bit.
Well, one is anyway.
One Cherries supporter decided to take a homeless old age pensioner to Saturday’s Premier League game against Newcastle after it transpired that his dad, 69, couldn’t make the match at the last minute.
That meant that Matt Bradley, 26, had a spare OAP ticket going and no one to take it when he saw 86-year-old Gordon Roberts by the ticket stand, who was standing in the queue hoping someone would return their ticket.
And Matt, doing his good deed for the day, approached Gordon and asked if he’d like his father’s seat, free of charge of course.
It certainly seems as though the two had a nice enough time together, and even made time to pose for a cheeky selfie…
— Matt Bradley (@MattBradz) November 7, 2015
Matt, from Dorset, told The Daily Mirror: “My dad got a stomach bug the night before the game and said at 10am he couldn’t go.
“With the John Lewis Christmas advert about helping the elderly I thought I would offer it for free to any OAP because it is an OAP ticket.
“Lots of people said they would love to go but none were pensioners so I decided to just chance it and go to the ground.
“There were some people queuing up trying to get any tickets that had been returned and I spotted Gordon in the queue.
“He’s a bit of a local legend and I’ve seen him at games before but I’d never really spoken to him.
“I just said ‘are you looking for a ticket?’ He said yes and I said ‘right you’re coming in with me’.
“He was shocked but delighted. We sang some chants, chatted about football and I bought him a cup of tea at half time.
“I think he knows everyone at the club. Every steward was ‘alright Gordon? How’s it going Gordon?’. He’s very well known and a popular man at the club.
“I think he enjoyed a bit of company and having a laugh as anyone would do. He seemed pretty chuffed.”
Wow, fair play Matt.
Sadly for the unlikely duo, Newcastle took home all three points following a 1-0 victory, despite Eddie Howe’s men dominating for most of the match.
But Matt can sleep well knowing he has set the bar pretty high for football fans all across the country in the lead up to Christmas.