Ireland International Praised For 'Pure Class' After Gesture To Young Fan

Ireland International Praised For 'Pure Class' After Gesture To Young Fan

Fresh from a derby defeat himself, Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood was not too downhearted to encourage a struggling Owls fan.

Seb Webster, an 11 year old season-ticket holder at Hillsborough, was left devastated after his Ecclesall Rovers suffered a 10-0 defeat in a local league fixture.

Discouraged and downbeat after the hammering, Seb's grandfather reached out to Westwood.

Hopeful that the Irish international could rekindle the young boy's confidence after such a resounding defeat, the goalkeeper's response was touching.

In a letter to Seb, Westwood told the young boy to 'pick yourself up and go again.'


Recalling a time when he was on the end of particularly brutal defeat, Westwood encouraged Seb,

not to be too upset. These thing happen all the time. It happened to me also at your age. ... My team got beat 12-1.

Needless to say, Seb's father and grandfather were truly stunned with Westwood's attempts at cheering the boy up.

When the wider world became aware of Westwood's generosity, the Manchester-born Irish international was typically humble in his response.

Westwood's own season hasn't started too spectacularly with Wednesday. 10 games into the season and the Sheffield club find themselves in 14th.

Having lost 4-2 to their city rivals last weekend, perhaps more painful still is the fact that Sheffield United now sit in 2nd place; only 2 points off Championship leaders Cardiff City.

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