Green Army member Kevin May was just about to enter the turnstiles at Anfield to watch Plymouth’s historic third-round FA cup tie against Premier League giants Liverpool.
But before he could enter the ground, Mr May received a gut-wrenching call from his son Terry, that his youngest son Daniel was in intensive care and did not have long to live.
Despite being in a different city and an away supporter, Kevin has told of the amazing support he received from the staff at Anfield and a police officer named Graham who came to his aid.
He wrote on Facebook: “I tried to tell him my son was about to die but the words didn’t come out. He saw how distressed I was and saw the FaceTime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care.
“He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.”
Kevin added that he was joined by another member of staff, who helped him through the shock before escorting him to his seat in the ground.
Devastatingly, 10 minutes into the game he received the news that his son had died from a heart attack.
After being taken back into the police office, Mr May “crumpled into a heap” and broke down at the loss of his son.
But the two members of staff quickly found him and tried to comfort him.
“It felt like they knew of my shocking news and were, well in my head anyway, singing to me personally and it lifted my spirits greatly”
He wrote: “Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to Scousers as well as Liverpool police.
He added: “The Liverpool fans started singing there famous anthem YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) [sic].
“It felt like they knew of my shocking news and were, well in my head anyway, singing to me personally and it lifted my spirits greatly.”
Mr May’s heartbreaking account of the day has been shared by more than 55,000 people, with football fans across the country praising the two staff members at Liverpool.
Kevin has now appealed for anyone who knows Graham the police officer or the head of Anfield ticket fraud who helped him through the difficult time to pass on his regards for helping him in his time of need.
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