James Welch spent the whole of the Brentford match sat next to the Boro star’s dad after he offered him a ticket.
When the bus drove off with his match ticket still inside, Boro fan James Welch looked destined to miss the Brentford away game – even though he was stood outside the ground.
But James’ trip to Griffin Park on Saturday had a happy ending when he was able to see Boro’s 1-0 win from the stands after all – thanks to Albert Adomah’s dad!
James, of Redcar, had travelled down for the lunchtime kick-off on a Boro Travel Club coach. But when he realised he’d left his ticket on the bus, which by then had driven off, the 17-year-old engineering apprentice looked destined for a wasted journey.
But as he walked around the ground, a man stood outside the away end turnstiles offered him a ticket – and what he said next took some believing.
James said: “He asked me if I was a Boro fan, so I showed him my scarf and he said he had a ticket for me.
“Then he said ‘You know number 27, Albert Adomah – he’s my son.”
Albert Adomah and his dadAlbert Adomah and his dad
“I didn’t know if he was being serious to be honest, but he said ‘if you’re a Boro fan, you can just come in with me.’ I was really grateful – he even went and got me a tea with two sugars at half-time and wouldn’t take money for that either!”
James spent the whole match sat next to the generous ticket donor. And one moment in particular will long live in the memory – when Albert missed a sitter from six yards, right at the end the Boro fans were congregated.
Former Sacred Heart School pupil James, a Boro season ticket holder for eight years, said: “Well, he wasn’t happy – you could tell he was frustrated. I just put my head in my hands, but I didn’t really want to get into a conversation with him at that moment!”
Still unsure if the good ticket samaritan really WAS the winger’s dad, James took to social media – and confirmation came courtesy of another Boro player, Mustapha Carayol, who tweeted: “I sure can confirm it!! Papa Adomah.”
James, of St Joseph’s Court, Redcar, said: “I didn’t even get his name, but I just want to say thank you.
“I was gutted when it looked like I’d miss the match, but it turned out OK thanks to him.”
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