WHY GET SHIRTY WITH ME? Says shamed mum who snatched Beck­ford’s top from boy, aged 8

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THE mother who wrenched a foot­ball hero’s shirt from an eight-year-old boy on live TV claimed last night it was just a ‘mis­un­der­stand­ing’ – and she knows the child and his fam­ily.

Mum-of-two Vickie Tim­brell, 31, from Manch­ester, wres­tled Jer­maine Beck­ford’s jer­sey from school­boy Ted Dock­ray at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, and left him “in bits”.

Hours af­ter the in­ci­dent it was ad­ver­tised on clas­si­fied web­site Gumtree for £1,500, but the ad­vert has since been re­moved.

The Pre­ston striker had thrown his shirt into the crowd af­ter scor­ing a hat-trick dur­ing Sun­day’s play-off fi­nal against Swin­don.

Foot­ball fans watched in hor­ror as Ms Tim­brell, who was wear­ing a pink top, ap­peared to snatch the shirt from the boy in the 71st minute of Pre­ston’s 4-0 victory, af­ter Beck­ford had been sub­sti­tuted.

The mother, who found her­self at the cen­tre of a so­cial me­dia storm, said she plans to speak to the fam­ily.

She said: “Peo­ple have made me out to be an ab­so­lute id­iot. I will be ROW: Vickie ( says the truth has been twisted HIS­TORY: Beck­ford scored hat-trick in fi­nal be­fore he threw shirt to fans ( speak­ing to the fam­ily, I ac­tu­ally know them – they’re friends.”

She also wrote on Face­book: “Can I say thank you to ev­ery­one for all the sup­port and texts. I’m not com­ment­ing on the c*** they’ve writ­ten be­cause I’m tak­ing this fur­ther.

“It’s all wrong and twisted. My side of the story will come out.” watch Ted’s 10-year-old brother Leo play in a schools’ cham­pi­onship.

His aunt He­len Dock­ray last night said: “Ted was clearly the last one to have his hands on that shirt. He would have worn it even if it was all sweaty and smelly.

“It is the hap­pi­ness it would have brought the child that mat­ters.”

Beck­ford, 31, who made his­tory by be­com­ing only the third player ever to score a hat-trick in a play-off fi­nal, said: “It was in­tended as a good­will ges­ture.

“I as­sumed it would go to a good home from some­one who was able to en­joy the game.

“Hope­fully, it will find its way back to the kid who caught it.”

The ad­vert for the shirt was later posted from a Stret­ford ad­dress on Gumtree, but has since been re­moved. It is not known whether this was a gen­uine ad­vert.

But a happy end­ing is still pos­si­ble, af­ter Pre­ston con­firmed they will get Beck­ford to present his sec­ond Wem­b­ley shirt to Ted if he makes him­self known to the club.

Olympic gold medal win­ning long jumper Greg Ruther­ford also waded into the row, say­ing he would like to give Ted one of his signed ath­let­ics vests.

He wrote on Twit­ter: “I know it’s not the same. But if any­one knows this boy I’d like to send him a signed vest.”

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