A former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper was given a front row seat to watch his old team record a victory against Nottingham Forest last weekend, thanks to his home care provider.
Harold Lea, who is 88 and enjoyed a successful spell at the Latics during the 1940s and 1950s, met with the team’s manager Paul Cook and current players after the trip was organised by Belong at Home Wigan.
He shared stories from his career, which began at Wigan Grammar School Old Boys and came to an end at Stockport County.
Speaking of the day, Harold said: “It was a truly wonderful experience to be back on a football pitch, made even more special by the fact it was my beloved former club’s.
Wigan Athletic manager, Paul Cook, added: “It was a pleasure to meet Harold and his family before Sunday’s game. We discussed the difference in the facilities from when he played to what they are now and how far the game has come from then.”