It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment the beautiful game was no longer about the fans, because even when the Premier League came into play in 1992, it still had that element of a game ‘for the fans’.
We all feel that the game has gone from us, and the truth is it has, and did so years ago. However, every now and then there’s a glimmer of hope that we aren’t just viewed as human pinatas stuffed with cash by the clubs we hold so close to our hearts.
Bundesliga outfit, SV Darmstadt 98’s sponsors have moved to forgo their deal with the club – over stadium naming rights – for one season, in order to rename the home ground after loyal Darmstadt 98 fan, Johnny Heimes, sadly lost his battle with cancer, at the age of 26.
— SV Darmstadt 98 (@sv98) September 5, 2016
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 5, 2016
Heimes actually passed away at the beginning of the year, however, it’s great to see that the some six months or so on, his dedication to – and love for – SV Darmstadt 98 hasn’t been forgotten.
The cynic in us will always think that club’s only go through the motions for good PR. However, this is clearly not the case with Johnny Heimes’ love affair with Darmstadt, a fan who was clearly loved by all involved at the Bundesliga club.
Stories like this are what you need to read on a Monday morning, so to keep that ‘well life isn’t totally shit’ vibe going, have a look at one of our favourite ever ‘clubs and footballers who do have souls, after all’ below☺️
Georgios Samaras and Neil Lennon
Jay Beatty was 11 at the time of the footage, a passionate Celtic fan, who suffered with down syndrome. Already there to witness his beloved team presented with the league trophy, Jay’s day got even better. Firstly, Neil Lennon awarded Jay with his championship-winning medal, and then Samaras went one step further and took Jay out onto to the pitch, to fully bask in the victory celebrations.