A terminally ill football fan from Doncaster enjoyed a dream day out at Wembley - after family and friends rallied round to send him to see his heroes in action.
Trevor Thompson was among thousands of Sunderland fans who headed to London for Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final, but unlike scores of other supporters at the game, it could be the last time he sees his favourite club play.
Mr Thompson was told last year that he only had a few months to live after lung cancer spread to other parts of his body - and so when his team made it to Wembley, big hearted friends and neighbours held a whipround to get him to the game.
And although Sunderland lost 3-1 to Manchester City, the 59-year-old from Belle Vue, described the day out as “simply magic.”
He said: “I have been a fan of Sunderland ever since I was a kid so to see them play at Wembley was absolutely brilliant - a magical day out.
“I saw people I’d not seen for years and the excitement and buzz of going to the game was fantastic.”
Son Andrew, formerly Doncaster Rovers’ head groundsman and who has recently taken up a similar role at Sheffield Wednesday, arranged for matchday tickets for his dad and mum Trudy and also paid for rail tickets to the capital.
Meanwhile, friends, neighbours and colleagues collected cash for the couple to use as spending money while Sunderland Football Club donated Mr Thompson a replica shirt to sport on the day.
Mr Thompson, originally from Shildon, County Durham, said: “Walking along Wembley Way and seeing a carpet of red and white was amazing and something that will stay with me. I’ve not come down from the day yet.”
His wife added: “We are a real football household and all the kids and grandkids have followed Trevor in their love for the game. I was a bit worried for him because his treatment and condition makes him tired and of course, the day was tinged with sadness but it was a day out neither of us will forget and the memories will live on for a very long time, despite the result.”