Sheffield Wednesday fan has a ball thanks to Owls’ kindness

George Long with Reda Johnson
George Long with Reda Johnson
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday gave a special treat to one of their oldest fans after hearing how he was left out in the cold by a bus driver as he made his way home from a match at Hillsborough.

Lifelong Wednesdayite George Kent, aged 84, was making his way home after the Bristol City game when he was ordered off a Stagecoach bus because his pass had expired the day before.

George Kent with Owls Boss Dave Jones.

George Kent with Owls Boss Dave Jones.

George, who needed to travel two stops between Hillsborough and his home in Wadsley Bridge, was forced to walk home in wintry conditions, which caused him pain where his catheter is fitted.

And the painful walk at the start of December – after a Wednesday defeat – took him more than an hour.

After reading his story in The Star, representatives from the club invited George to be a special guest for a game at Hillsborough.

During the visit, George received VIP treatment; including a meal in a club restaurant, a behind-the-scenes stadium tour and watching the Owls from a seat in the directors’ box.

George, who has been watching Wednesday for 75 years, also met some of the stars he watches on the pitch each week, including defender Reda Johnson, midfielder Jose Semedo and Owls manager Dave Jones.

He said: “I had a marvellous day at Hillsborough that I’ll remember forever.

“It more than makes up for my terrible journey home after the Bristol City match.”

“I had a lovely meal, brilliant seats for the game and even got to meet the manager and my two favourite players – I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club for making it such a memorable day for me.”