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