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Homeless fan watches first West Brom game at The Hawthorns after ticket giveaway

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

A simple act of kindness from one Albion fan to another led to a homeless man being able to enjoy his first match at The Hawthorns.

Fan Sean with his ticket at The Hawthorns as he watched Albion play Stoke City. Image: @Snarka

Super-fan Mark Whitehouse – better known to Baggies supporters as Snarka – got his hands on a ticket for Albion's match against Stoke on Monday after winning a raffle organised by the charity Outreach Angels.

Mr Whitehouse has been a season-ticket holder at The Hawthorns for the best part of 30 years so donated his prize back to the not-for-profit organisation and told them to pass it on to someone who wanted it.

A Baggies fan by the name of Sean – who had previously never been to a game – was given the ticket with the charity then receiving a donation of a shirt and scarf for him to wear as well as £20 for him to spend at the match.

Sean was pictured at The Hawthorns looking overjoyed despite the Baggies slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Stoke.

And his story has led to more offers of help.

Former Albion striker Geoff Horsfield set up the Geoff Horsfield Foundation in 2016 – a charity which aims to provide quality, safe and secure housing for vulnerable adults.

The charity is now working with Sean to find him a new home.

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Meanwhile, Albion fans have also rallied – with a gofundme page launched to buy Sean a season ticket.

"As a family we always try and do what we can for the homeless whether it's donating food or clothes," Mr Whitehouse said.

"By doing that I've made some great friends including Geoff Horsfield.

"I entered the raffle organised by Outreach Angels and when I won the ticket I told them to give it to someone who wanted it.

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"Sean is an Albion fan and had never had the means to go to a game before. Someone else then donated a scarf and a top as well £20 for him to able to spend at the game.

"And things have escalated from there.

"Geoff Horsfield got in touch to see if he can help him with some accommodation. I think Albion fans are sorting a season ticket for him as well.

"I've haven't met Sean but it was great to see him looking so happy in the pictures.

"I think he enjoyed it more than me because we weren't great. But you never forget your first game and hopefully, it is going to lead to him getting the support he needs."

Debbie Green, from the Geoff Horsfield Foundation, confirmed the charity is working with Sean to find him new accommodation – with the organisation hopeful of some positive news towards the end of the week.

The gofundme page launched to buy Sean a season ticket can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/help-sean-get-a-season-ticket

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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