Har­lee’s bruised ad­mirer

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

BRENT­FORD’S Har­lee Dean went from zero to hero last week­end – at least in the eyes of one fan.

De­fender Dean was sent off in his side’s vic­tory over Not­ting­ham For­est, but it was an in­ci­dent out­side Grif­fin Park that showed the 24-year-old’s true colours.

Eight-year-old Ted Starkey was hit by a car out­side the Cham­pi­onship club’s ground fol­low­ing the match, with Dean wit­ness­ing the in­ci­dent.

And, with the help of club doc­tor Matt Stride, he rushed to Ted’s aid be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rived to take him to hos­pi­tal.

Dean said: “I did what any­one else would have done. I was just walk­ing home from the match, heard a screech and then a child scream. I just wanted to get some­one to help.”

Thank­fully, sea­son ticket holder Ted had no last­ing dam­age, bar a few bruises, and was able to has­ten his re­cov­ery at Brent­ford’s train­ing ground.

Ted went along with dad Richard and grand­fa­ther Jeff to meet Har­lee and Stride be­fore be­ing pre­sented with a signed shirt and a pair of the de­fender’s boots.

The de­fender added: “He seems good now. I don’t know if I would be the same if’d been hit by a car a few days ago. He met the lads and watched train­ing. Hope­fully, he left with happy mem­o­ries.”

MEET THE LADS: Young Ted Starkey meets the Bees play­ers at train­ing

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