Steven Naismith – What a hero

Date: 5th August 2014 at 1:13 pm
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Steven Naismith (Everton)There is without a shadow of a doubt one footballer who is heads and shoulders above the rest this summer – and of course we are talking about Everton star Steven Naismith.

The Toffees player has gone out of his way, and into his own pocket, to pay for tickets for fans who live in the Merseyside area and are unemployed – all so they can get to watch a game of football.

The forward spends a huge amount of time off the field doing charity work and quietly goes about his business -unlike a fair few players we could mention-  but after this latest act of kindness, we felt he simply had to be honoured.

The forward spoke about his kind act and noted: ‘I come from Ayrshire in the West of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow – a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.

‘Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket.

‘I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.

‘I have asked the Jobcentre Plus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match.

‘Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way.’

Football fans. Do you think there should be more players like the 27 year old out there? Is that the best thing you have seen in a long while? Let us know your thoughts  below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.

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