Worksop Town players left a young supporter speechless with a surprise hospital visit this week.
Tigers Jake Scott, Conor Higginson and Matt Booth delighted youngster Jack Noble in Bassetlaw Hospital, presenting the All Saints Academy Harworth pupil with club merchandise.
The eight-year-old went into hospital a week ago, with osteomyelitis, an infection in the bones in his leg.
And despite his condition, the Worksop Town fan was able to sneak in a kickabout with his hero Higginson.
Mum Samantha told the Guardian: “He has been following Worksop Town with his grandad for a while, so was gobsmacked when they turned up.”
“It’s not very often he is lost for words.”
Young Jack, who is now the proud owner of a Tigers hoodie and away strip, is hoping to be back at home soon, with blood tests planned for late in the week to find out if his infection levels have dropped.
His grandad Colin, a regular at Worksop Town’s home and away games, was overwhelmed by the club’s kind hearted gesture.
“Our Jack got one hell of a surprise when Jake, Conor, Matt and Anne Keep popped into see him bearing presents.”
“It was a great day for him and an emotional day for us and I will never be able to show the gratitude that this deserves.”
“All I can say is thanks from all Jack’s family to the Worksop Town football family.”