Shirt proves to be a Fab present

A YOUNG Ipswich Town fan had his Christmas brightened when he left the Ricoh Arena, Coventry proudly clutching Fabian Wilnis' Blues shirt.Fifteen-year-old Harry Kent was the lucky recipient when defender Wilnis threw his shirt into the crowd after Ipswich's disappointing 2-1 Coca-Cola Championship defeat last Saturday.

By Elvin King

A YOUNG Ipswich Town fan had his Christmas brightened when he left the Ricoh Arena, Coventry proudly clutching Fabian Wilnis' Blues shirt.

Fifteen-year-old Harry Kent was the lucky recipient when defender Wilnis threw his shirt into the crowd after Ipswich's disappointing 2-1 Coca-Cola Championship defeat last Saturday.

Wilnis felt so sorry for Blues 1,177 supporters who had made the trip to the midlands and witnessed such a lack lustre second half display that he went against club policy and took off his shirt.

“Our fans deserved something,” said the wholehearted defender, who has seen many ups and downs in his nine seasons at Portman Road.

“The club don't like you doing it and I can't remember doing it before, but hopefully it helped to improve the day for someone.

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“Our fans are exceptional and I felt so sorry for them.”

Harry, who lives in Ipswich's Foxhall Road and attends Copleston school, is set to frame the number two shirt.

“Fabian is one of my favourite players,” said Harry, who is a season ticket holder at Portman Road and makes as many away trips as his school duties allow.

“It was a wonderful late Christmas present for me and more than made up for the disappointing result.

“My mum Denise has washed the shirt to preserve it, but it still has some of the mud stains.

“The shirt is something I will always treasure.”