Magilton's magic gift to fan
IT MAY have been a disappointing match but Ipswich against Plymouth turned out to be absolutely MAGIC for one fan.As captain 'Magic' Jim Magilton left the pitch for the last time he whipped of his orange shirt and handed it to the crowd - straight into the hands of 13-year-old Stuart Daniels who was waiting at the edge of the stands.
IT MAY have been a disappointing match but Ipswich against Plymouth turned out to be absolutely MAGIC for one fan.
As captain 'Magic' Jim Magilton left the pitch for the last time he whipped of his orange shirt and handed it to the crowd - straight into the hands of 13-year-old Stuart Daniels who was waiting at the edge of the stands.
The excited teenager said: “I was right at the front, standing with my dad and he just came walking over.
“There were lots of people trying to get hold of it but I managed to grab it. It's great!”
Stuart's dad Tim, a life-long Town supporter, said: “We were over the moon even though we lost. It really made our day.
“Everyone around us was saying how lucky we were and when we walked out through the crowd we were waving it above our heads.”
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After seven years of playing for the club, Magilton's Town days have now come to an end and it is believed he is moving to the north west of the country.
Stuart, an ITFC season ticket holder and pupil at Holywells High School, said the shirt has made him the envy of all of his friends.
He said: “Everyone's really jealous. No-one believed me at first but they have all been round to see it now.
“I've been a Town fan all my life so this is brilliant.”
Being a fan runs in the family and Stuart's two brothers Shawn , ten, and Kyle, two, also have season tickets.
Although the legendary number seven jersey could probably net the family a small fortune if they decided to sell it, Mr Daniels, of Morland Road, said he has no such plans.
He said: “Ideally, we really want to get it signed. We went to the under-16s match on Monday night and were hoping to catch up with Jim at the ground but we missed him.
“We've written to him to say thanks and see if we can arrange a meeting before he heads up north. Once we've done that we are going to get it framed and then it's going to take pride of place in our living room.
“A lot of people have said to me 'you should flog it on E-Bay' but it's got huge sentimental value to us. It's irreplaceable and there's no way we would get rid of it.
“I think the team is really going to miss Jim's fatherly influence. It won't be the same without him.
“He'll definitely be missed.”
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