Thursday 22 August 2019

Watch: The beautiful moment Ireland captain Seamus Coleman made Christmas for 11-year-old fan

Everton's Seamus Coleman
Everton's Seamus Coleman

Harry Clarke

Seamus Coleman has proven to be an inspirational captain for Ireland this year and the affable Donegal man has rounded off 2016 with a beautiful moment when he made Christmas come early for a young Everton fan.

Will McKenzie is a diehard Evertonian and this will be his first Christmas without his father and "best friend" Steve who sadly passed away in April at the age of 52.

Steve and Will regularly attended Everton matches together and following his father's passing, Will was nominated for Everton's 'Secret Santa' by family friends.

Young Will received a lovely surprise when he returned home from school to find Seamus Coleman in his sitting room beside a Christmas tree decorated in Everton colours and gift-wrapped presents beneath it.

He also received tickets for himself and five of his friends for the St Stephen's Day clash against Leicester City.

"Life isn't always easy for people and unfortunately it has been tough for Will and his family recently losing their father," said Coleman.

"I have met Will's mother and she seems like a really strong woman and I think with her around Will will be ok because he has got someone he can always look up to."

Will told “I just couldn’t believe it when I walked in and Seamus Coleman was just sat on my sofa, it was just amazing.

“I love Everton so much, I go to all the games and I usually get there really early so I can be ball boy but to have a Premier League footballer in my house was something I never thought would happen to me. I still can’t believe it!”

A lovely moment and credit to all at Everton and our very own Seamus Coleman.

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