By Chris Wright
A father from Manchester has posted a rather unusual listing on Ebay with which he plans to auction off his baby son’s football club allegiance in the name of charity.
The listing, which doesn’t go live until Thursday evening, will see the winning bidder allowed to choose which Manchester club, United or City, that seven-month-old Eddie Charters grows up supporting.
Writing in the listing details, dad Ian has vowed to buy Eddie a football top and matching curtains in the winning team’s colours, take him to matches and do “the best I can to make sure he doesn’t end up supporting the other team”.
The money raised will go to Bliss, a charity which provides support for premature and ill babies – a cause close to Ian and his wife Jo’s heart as Eddie was born six weeks early and subsequently struggled with jaundice, weight loss and problems with his digestive system during the first few weeks of his young life.
A Watford native and Hornets fan by trade, Ian seems to have accepted that he will be powerless to prevent baby Eddie from supporting one of Manchester’s big two when he grows up and therefore decided to let the public decide which side of the divide Eddie’s allegiances will fall.
“I live in Greater Manchester, but originally come from down south so I have no affiliation with either of the Manchester clubs,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“I’ll be fighting a losing battle trying to get my son to support my team.
“Frankly, I wouldn’t want to inflict that on the poor child anyway.”
Yep. Most football fans can sympathise with that.