Footballers aren’t all inconsiderate, stupid and self-absorbed. Some have a conscious. And a sense of humility.
This blog wanted to praise the impact of Tyrone Mings. He saw an unintentional opportunity and created some wonderful PR for himself and, subsequently, Ipswich Town – despite the club charging too much for regular punters to attend games anyway!
What Mings showed is that players are aware of fans being priced out of attending games regularly and offered unexpected Town supporter Tris Monk two tickets ahead of the club’s 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Not only this, Mings showed how to use social media effectively and the importance of interaction and engagement is with fans. This may only be one selfless act, and many players may have been doing this, but finding a unique touch through Twitter was commendable.
Monk, 24, told the BBC Mings was “a great example to other players”. You can hardly blame him.
Monk said he often tweeted Ipswich players on match days to strike up a conversation but did not anticipate a reply when he wished Mings good luck.
He tweeted “wish I was there to watch” and used the hashtag #skint, to which Mings replied “can you get to Portman Road?”
He then added: “Left u tickets under the name tris monk. Shouldn’t miss a game cos u can’t afford it.”
Father-of-two Mr Monk, of Haverhill, said: “It was just amazing.
“It was completely out of the blue. When he asked me if I could get to the ground, I thought that it was a bit odd.
“I was sat on the sofa with my wife when he offered me two tickets, I couldn’t believe it.”
He drove to Ipswich to meet a friend for the game, later telling Mings “players like yourself make ITFC a great club”.
“It just goes to show, with modern footballers, some do care about the fans,” he said.
“It was quite surprising.”
Mr Monk, who works for an insurance company, said he and his wife were saving to move house and he could not afford to spend money on football tickets.
Mings, 20, joined Ipswich Town in December and was an unused substitute for Saturday’s game.
He has since been praised on Twitter for his generosity, with his ticket offer to Mr Monk retweeted thousands of times.
It is a very remarkable story. Well done, Mings.
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