PNE star Jermaine Beckford went out of his way to make sure the young Wembley ‘shirt snatch’ victim got a memento of the big day.
A video of North End hat-trick hero Beckford’s match winning shirt being wrenched from the grasp of schoolboy Ted Dockray last Sunday went viral.
But after waking up on Monday morning and being alerted to the eight-year-old’s plight father of three Beckford decided to reach out and presented the schoolboy with a signed copy of his spare Wembley match shirt at Deepdale.
He said: “I wasn’t asked to give the shirt, I did this off my own back.
“Once I had seen and heard what had happened it was a no brainer for me.
“I’m glad that I’m able to sort him out with the shirt, the scarf and the programme.
Ted’s been through a lot this week and I just thought it would be nice.”PNE striker Jermaine Beckford
“Ted’s been through a lot this week and I just thought it would be nice.”
The Manchester based youngster was overwhelmed by the attention but said he will proudly display Beckford’s shirt on his bedroom wall.
And just before Ted was taken on a tour of Deepdale Jamaica international Jermaine admitted he too knows the feeling of treasuring a match day memento as aged just 15 he kept the ticket from Simon Baker’s 1998 testimonial match at Loftus Road.
He said: “It is one of the best feelings ever to put a smile on his face.
“It is close to scoring a hat-trick at Wembley. It means an awful lot, not just to Ted, but to me. It means more being a parent.
“I did have a ticket for Jamaica versus QPR at Loftus Road. That is something that I held really close to my heart.”
But this is not the first time Jermaine has reached out to help a member of the public.
Last year he pulled over to help an elderly couple who were having car trouble in Bolton and earlier this month he gave a free coffee to a woman in the car behind him at the Starbucks drive-thru near Deepdale.
But the humble striker played down his ‘mr nice guy’ tag.
He said: “I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m the kind of person that if I see someone is in need of help and I’m able to help then I don’t see why I shouldn’t. It was just something nice to do, why not?”