The football community rallied around a father and son to get them to Everton's FA Cup semi-final this evening
A day out in Wembley supporting your hometown club is part of what the FA Cup is all about, but that dream was almost snatched away from Everton supporter Dan and his son.
The two were supposed to head to London earlier today for the Toffee's FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United, but their coach never showed up, meaning the two would have to watch the game from home.
Dan took to Twitter to express his disappointment and vent his frustrations about being let down, while also sharing an image of his heartbroken son.
Stuck at the rocket with my 5 year old after our coach never showed #gutted— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) April 23, 2016
Thanks for all the tweets. My lads gutted but he's not one to kick off luckily. Not even arsed about the money. Almost home— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) April 23, 2016
Following the tweets, many were quick to empathize with the two and as the story spread across the social networking site, Virgin Trains came in with an amazing goodwill gesture for the Goodison regulars, offering them a place on one of their London bound trains.
Thanks for all the support. @VirginTrains are being amazing and trying to sort us travel. At least my lad will get to Wembley as promised— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) April 23, 2016
Literally shaking here due to the kindness of our amazing fans and @VirginTrains— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) April 23, 2016
A wonderful story that has even expanded outside of the football community, with Birmingham boxer Tony Bellew coming in with an offer of his own.
I'd like to offer you 2 tickets on me to my fight at Goodison Park on May 29th if you can make it little man.. 👍🏽 https://t.co/UWWok4mbVR— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) April 23, 2016