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Soccer superfan surprised with tickets to see his favorite team for his 80th birthday



By Natasha Montague via SWNS

This is the heartwarming moment a British soccer superfan received match tickets for his 80th birthday.

Eric Selby, a lifelong Newcastle United supporter, was almost brought to tears when his grandson Liam Ashford surprised him with tickets to see the team’s first match of the season against Nottingham Forest.

The last time Eric attended a Newcastle United game was in the 70s.

Eric started supporting Newcastle United along with his uncles when he was a young boy growing up in Gateshead, England and has remained a fan ever since - even inspiring his grandsons to support the team.

The video, recorded by Liam’s girlfriend Emily Winestein, was originally filmed to show to his brother Connor, who had jointly bought the tickets and couldn’t make it on the day.

Liam, 22, said “I wanted to make sure my brother would be able to see the reaction, as we knew it would be a good one"

He later posted the video on Twitter and it has since been viewed by over one million people, including ex-Newcastle United manager Alan Shearer, who also sent Eric a personalized video message.

Eric, who is visually impaired, said: “Things like that never happen to me - I was absolutely gobsmacked and I’m still telling everyone about it now!

"I'm looking forward to just being in St James Park with my grandson and soaking up the incredible atmosphere that I haven’t experienced since Wor Jackie (Jackie Millburn) was playing in the 70s."

Liam said the public reaction to the video had been “insane."

“The messages are so lovely, and there’s hundreds of them - if we take up every pint we’ve been offered we wouldn’t even make it to the game

“There were even messages from West Ham fans, Liverpool fans, even Sunderland fans and most couldn’t believe he was 80!

“Football supporters sometimes get a bad rep, but to me this response shows that football is truly a game for everyone."

Short of running on the pitch, Eric hopes to be celebrating a win on August 6 with a Newcastle Brown Ale.

The video was filmed on July 24.

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