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Gentleman Ginge gets it so wrong and RIGHT!

Gotta love Ginge…as nice a man as he is a tough defender.
The story of how he managed to smash a thunderbolt wayward shot into a young Wales fan during a warm up for the FIFA World Cup qualifying tie with Moldova at Cardiff City Stadium has been well told but loses nothing in the retelling!
Ginge’s dreadful effort caught little Ryan Evans bang in the face and immediately went to Ryan’s aid in the stand.

He handed over a shirt donated by his friend and Wales captain Gareth Bale and posed for a photograph, with the shocked six-year-old.

Collins himself posted the photo on his Instagram page asking for help in contacting Ryan to check on his wellbeing, and the young fan’s father Darren quickly responded to the request via Twitter.

And he said: “I’m so glad to hear Ryan is OK. “I’m very sorry because it was an awful shot! I’ve got three kids myself so I understand how concerned it must have made Ryan’s family feel and how upset Ryan himself must have been. I should probably stick to defending rather than shooting!

“I’ve been in contact with Darren and have got Ryan’s clothes and shoe size, so I’ll be sending a few West Ham and Wales bits out to him to say ‘Sorry’.

“Despite the shock of being hit by one of my shots, I hope Ryan and his family enjoyed the game on Tuesday night. Their support was fantastic and we’ll be doing all we can to get to the World Cup in 2018.”


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James Collins rushed to the aid of young Ryan Evans

Ryan’s father Darren, from Birchgrove in Cardiff, told Wales Online: “It was a hell of a thump, he just didn’t see it coming. It gave him a massive shock and he was obviously very upset to begin with.

“Ginge came straight up into the stands to check on him and then said he’d be back with a shirt.

“I didn’t know if he would but he came straight back with Gareth Bale’s shirt, gave Ryan a hug and had his picture taken with him. It was a lovely thing for him to do and we just want him to know Ryan is fine. He actually wants a James Collins shirt now as well!

“You often hear that footballers don’t care but he was great.”

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3 comments on “Gentleman Ginge gets it so wrong and RIGHT!

  1. Top Top bloke there’s only One Ginger Pele

  2. Top man Ginge. Never wanted to leave for Aston Villa and jumped at the opportunity to return.
    Not a legend maybe, but a true Hammer through and through, which makes him a ‘Great’.

  3. Met him once at a fans forum, a real gent

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