LATEST: PNE star’s offer to ‘shirt snatch’ youngster

Ted Dockray's match shirt was taken off him
Ted Dockray's match shirt was taken off him
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Jermaine Beckford has offered a new shirt to the child who had his match winning hat-trick strip snatched away from him during PNE’s play-off final win over Swindon Town.

After scoring three goals to fuel PNE’s 4-0 victory Beckford was substituted off.

As he walked off to a standing ovation the striker whipped off his shirt and threw it in the direction of a cluster of children.

A clip of eight-year-old Ted Dockray catching the shirt, only for it to be pulled from his grasp by a woman, went viral online.

Now Preston North End have announced that they have offered Ted a stadium tour and revealed that the kind-hearted footballer will present the Manchester based youngster with his spare shirt.

A club spokesman said: “We are delighted to say that Jermaine is more than happy to sign and present the child involved with his spare match shirt from the game.”Olympian Greg Rutherford has offered a signed vest and LEP readers have also offered Ted gifts.

And PNE have said that none of the people involved in the incident are North End fans.

A spokesman said: “No one involved in this situation is connected with Preston North End in any way, shape or form.

“The people seated in the area of the incident attended the Play-Off Final as part of the League One Football League Kids’ Cup Final which was played earlier in the day.

“The club will not be commenting further on the matter at this time and would like the focus returned to Sunday’s fantastic achievement and building towards what will be an exciting season in the Championship.”