Every now and then a footballer will give back to a few lucky fans in an incredible showing of generosity; we've seen it with players handing fans boots or shirts at the end of matches, or visiting people in hospital. But on Sunday Manchester United's Chris Smalling allowed a United fan and his son to accompany him in his box for their match against Swansea.
Organised through Twitter, the centre half reached out to an unsuspecting Paul Alcock as he prepared to travel to Old Trafford for the match, as you can see through the exchange below:
Right I best get out of bed , Off to Old Trafford soon for the Swansea game with our Oliver , Looking forward to it. ⚽️— Paul Alcock (@paulalcock82) April 30, 2017
@paulalcock82 Hi mate are you en-route to old Trafford?— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) April 30, 2017
@paulalcock82 I have two tickets to watch the game in my box if you can make it?— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) April 30, 2017
@ChrisSmalling Yeah please I'm outside tell me what to do — Paul Alcock (@paulalcock82) April 30, 2017
@paulalcock82 Will message you the details now mate — Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) April 30, 2017
Pure class from Smalling. Just imagine the sheer jubilation the man and his son felt being able to watch an entire match sat next to one of their heroes. An amazing gesture of will from the United player and it just goes to show that despite all the money in football, there is still so much love for the game shared by players and fans alike.
However, potentially the best part about this whole ordeal came after the match. After tweeting out his appreciation towards Smalling, Alcock was approached by the Sun to share his story, Only for them to be refused out of respect for Liverpool football club.