Many will tell you that Shelvey’s greatest contribution came when he told a certain Mr Ferguson where to stick it during a high tension United v Liverpool game a few years back.
Here however is a wonderful gesture by the Fulham midfielder. Seven year old Harry Jacobs wrote to Shelvey inviting him to come along to his primary school in Muswell Hill to meet him and his friends. Like Shelvey, Harry suffers from Alopecia Totallis, a condition that caused both to lose their hair at a young age.
Harry’s letter went on to say.
You are amazing and scored a goal from 47 yards into the top corner. So, so, so good.
I know you play for Swansea. My name is Harry and I have Alopecia like you.
Do you like [having Alopecia]? I think it is medium because I can’t get nits and don’t have to go to the hairdressers – which is good. I don’t really like it though.
Can you come to my school please, but first to my house. I can take you to school then to meet my friends.
Harry’s mother, Nic, also added at the bottom of the letter:
Harry has developed Alopecia really rapidly. He is a mad footy fan and has got some comfort from the fact that you are a Premiership footballer who he can look up to and see that he can still achieve incredible things.
I would really appreciate if you could write back to him.
He is going through a really tough time at the moment and it would be a real boost for him to have a response from you.
Shelvey not only responded, he delivered a whole lot more for the young fan. Harry was invited to Swansea’s game with Fulham to receive full VIP treatment where he was handed a full Swansea kit and ticket to watch the game in an exec box. Not only that Harry would go on to walk out before the game with Jonjo as an official match mascot.
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