Mes­sage makes day for Lily Mae

Stockport Express - - Sport - CHAR­LOTTE DOB­SON

A LIT­TLE girl re­ceived the ‘best Christ­mas present’ ever af­ter her favourite Stock­port County player re­turned her fes­tive greet­ings.

Foot­ball-mad Lily Mae Ry­der, six, sent a sweet video mes­sage wish­ing her hero Sam Walker a Merry Christ­mas on Christ­mas Day.

The young­ster was thrilled when Walker waved at her from the pitch at Edge­ley Park the fol­low­ing day.

At full-time, the mid­fielder ran to the chang­ing room be­fore emerg­ing with a signed Stock­port County shirt for Lily Mae.

Her par­ents, Na­talie and Leon, said it was their daugh­ter’s favourite Christ­mas present ‘by far’.

Na­talie, 36, from Edge­ley, said: “My lit­tle girl goes to foot­ball games with my hus­band ev­ery week and Sam Walker is her favourite player. She ab­so­lutely idolises him.

“She was a bit bored on Christ­mas Day wait­ing for fam­ily to ar­rive, so she de­cided to record a Christ­mas mes­sage for him.

“Her dad sent the video to him and I think Sam ac­tu­ally replied at the time say­ing he’d got a Christ­mas present for her.

“She was a mas­cot in De­cem­ber and I think he re­mem­bered her.

“They only man­aged to just make the end of the match on Box­ing Day, but Sam waved at her.

“He dis­ap­peared into the chang­ing room and then came back out with a signed shirt and gave her a cud­dle.

“She’s been smil­ing from ear-to-ear ever since. It’s her favourite Christ­mas present by far.”

Na­talie shared a pic­ture of Lily Mae look­ing thrilled with her shirt on Face­book.

She wrote: “Sam thank you so much you don’t re­alise how happy Lily Mae is right now.”

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