A young boy who had Jermaine Beckford’s match-winning shirt snatched from him at Wembley was an eight-year-old who was at the stadium to watch his brother play.
Ted Dockray, eight, was in tears after he managed to catch the play-off hero’s shirt as he tossed it into a group of children in the stands, only for an unknown woman to wrestle it from him
The shirt, which Beckford wore when he scored a hat-trick against Swindon in the play-off final, later appeared for sale online on Gumtree with a ticket price of £1,500. It has since been removed.
Soccer-mad Ted, who live in Failsworth, Manchester, watched the match with his older brother Leo, 10, dad Martin and grandad George.
The family had travelled to Wembley to watch Leo play in a schools’ championship.
His aunt, Helen Dockray, said: “Ted was clearly the last one to have his hands on that shirt.
“He would have worn it even if it was all sweaty and smelly. It is the happiness it would have brought the child that matters.”
Helen said she was angry when she saw a video clip of the incident and couldn’t believe when she saw the shirt up for sale within hours of the match. Photos of the moment were also circulated around social media after the game, with PNE fans complaining about the incident.
Helen added: “Ted was in bits and went running to my dad.”
The youngster’s mum Sarah confirmed Ted was the boy captured catching the shirt and said the boys were treated to a day out at Chessington on Monday after Leo’s team won his final.