There were cockle-warming scenes during Notts County’s 3-1 win over Crewe Alexandra at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
Not only did County muster a long, long overdue first victory of the season, but the club were also visited by a very special fan.
Lifelong fan Roy Prentice, a stately 94 years old and living with dementia, was invited onto the pitch at half-time to realise his dream of scoring a goal in front of the Kop “before he died” – his words, not ours.
Sure enough, Roy was able to get out of his wheelchair and rattle a penalty into the bottom corner before celebrating like a man one-third his age!
💫 | Here's the moment 94-year-old Roy, who's living with dementia, fulfilled a lifelong dream by scoring a penalty in front of the @AirITLtd Kop on Saturday!#DEMENTIAisAteamGAME pic.twitter.com/XCJe1gyKOL
— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) 1 October 2018
Alice Kelk, County’s fan engagement executive told BBC Radio Nottingham: “It was a beautiful moment. His family were watching and were very emotional.”
Given the wretched start to the season County have endured (three points from 11 games before Saturday), it might pay to give Roy a few more minutes from here on out.