‘We’re not he­roes, we’re just welsh,’ in­sist fans who took home­less woman to match

South Wales Echo - - News - THOMAS DEA­CON Re­porter thomas.dea­con@waleson­line.co.uk

LLOYD Jones and his friends were en­joy­ing a pre-match drink in Cardiff when they got a call to say one of their group wouldn’t be able to make it to the big Wales v Spain friendly that night.

Sud­denly equipped with a spare ticket for the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium fix­ture, they could eas­ily have sold it on to a tout. Or given them­selves a lit­tle bit of ex­tra el­bow room.

But in­stead, with the game fast ap­proach­ing and a ticket set to go to waste, Lloyd sug­gested ask­ing a home­less per­son in the city to come along.

Af­ter leav­ing Brew­house on St Mary St, they saw Samantha out­side the O’Neills pub and of­fered her the ticket.

Lloyd said she was ini­tially shocked be­fore agree­ing to go along. The group of friends also paid for her food, drink, and a night in a hos­tel.

Lloyd, 28, from Rhym­ney, said: “There was meant to be six of us, but one of our mates had to pull out be­cause of work, so I just said why don’t we ask one of the home­less to come along.

“She [Samantha] was a bit taken aback and wasn’t sure whether to trust us, but we showed her the ticket and she said yes. She had a few pints with us and some food and seemed to re­ally en­joy her­self.”

Lloyd shared a photo of his group of friends and Samantha just be­fore the game on Face­book, and the post has been liked al­most 9,000 times and shared more than 3,500 times.

The post says: “We’re not he­roes, we’re just Welsh.”

The Lloyds Bank worker said: “I’m re­ally sur­prised at the re­ac­tion. We did not do this to get five min­utes of fame. We posted it [the pic­ture] just as we were go­ing in the sta­dium and it was only a af­ter that we re­alised. My phone hasn’t stopped since.”

Lloyd said Samantha told them she had been home­less for around two years and is orig­i­nally from Brid­gend.

He said: “She was quite quiet to start with, and she had never been to the sta­dium, but af­ter a while she did be­come a bit more com­fort­able.

“She did not ask for any­thing and she was very gra­cious.

“It wasn’t the best game for her to see but Spain were pretty good. And with the weather be­ing so bad it was much bet­ter for her to be in the sta­dium than out.”

Lloyd said he was the one who sug­gested the idea but that “it’s some­thing any­one of us would have done”.

Thou­sands of peo­ple have com­mented on Lloyd’s post, with some say­ing how it made them “proud to be Welsh”, de­scrib­ing the group as “leg­ends” and thank­ing them for the ges­ture.

The group of Welsh foot­ball fans with home­less woman Samantha at Thurs­day’s Wales v Spain match in Cardiff Be­low, the group bought Samantha food and drink

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