Baines Makes Gordon's Day
Left-back becomes latest player to surprise a deserving fan.
Leighton Baines this week became the latest player to turn up unannounced at the home of an Evertonian as part of the Club's 'Make Their Day' initiative.
Baines' visit was to Gordon McKee, from Southport, who received a 2013/14 Season Ticket as part of the England man's visit.
Gordon was nominated by his son Andrew for the unstinting support he has shown for his wife, who recently lost her life to a brain tumour.
Andrew explained: "My dad is a massive Everton fan but mainly I have nominated him because my mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour five years ago and ever since then my dad has taken care of her, more and more, culminating recently with 24-hour round-the-clock care.
"He would do anything for anyone, and he'd do it with a smile, and my mum was the same."
Family friend John Lees added: "Gordon is a star of a bloke, he has been looking after his wife 24/7, always with a smile on his face, never asking for anything."
When Baines knocked on Gordon's door on Friday afternoon he was understandably shocked.
"I had no idea what to expect," he revealed. "I had been out shopping and my family said 'get back home quick', but I didn't expect that, it's the biggest shock of my life."
And Baines was pleased his visit had offered a boost at a difficult time.
He added: "We knew what a tough week it's been for Gordon but I am pleased to cheer him up a little bit, as much as you can at a time like this. I am looking forward to seeing him at Goodison next year."
There’s still time for Evertonians to make their friend’s or a loved one's day with another two surprises due to take place in the next couple of weeks. To nominate a supporter, simply click here to complete the nomination form.
For more information about 2013/14 Everton Season Tickets and the Club's Early Bird discount offers, click here.