Grimsby Town captain John Welsh has visited a passionate Mariners fan who has been suffering with severe back issues in recent months.
Welsh visited Thomas Portus, 17, who is on the autistic spectrum and has had serious back problems in recent months.
Thomas, who has been loyally supporting the Mariners since he was seven, was in and out of the hospital plenty of times over the summer, suffering from defects in his back.
And Town skipper Welsh paid him a surprise visit at his home in Grimsby today.
Welsh said: “It was very inspirational – the family's outlook on life is amazing. Even though there are struggles, Thomas doesn’t let them hold him back.
“Already, at his young age, he’s accomplished so much and he is a credit to his family and his community.
“He’s a very passionate supporter, and it’s great meeting people and families like that – big Town fans, and they rarely miss a game!
“It was great meeting Thomas and his family – they were very friendly, and it’s great to go out and meet a family which massively supports Grimsby Town.”
And Thomas was delighted by the surprise visit from the Town skipper.
He said: “I was really surprised – it was really good. I’ve had a really good day, and I would like to say thank you to John!”