A dad and his ten-year-old son were moved by an act of kindness from a group of rowdy Welsh rugby fans who accidentally drenched them in beer but then made up for it by giving the youngster some cash to buy a match scarf.
Jonah Fisher took his 10-year-old son Max to see the Wales v Fiji game at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday, November 14, Wales Online reported.
The pair were early for the game due to the youngster’s excitement, having just relocated from Ukraine where Jonah worked as a BBC correspondent, but were soon hit by a sprinkling of beer.
They scarpered a few rows in front of the boisterous group when the sprinkling became a bit of a deluge. But, despite “colourful language,” they weren’t a bad lot and came to offer their apologies.
On Twitter, Jonah posted in a thread: “So I’ve just moved to Cardiff… and today I took my 10 year old son to the rugby… Wales v Fiji. He’s been really excited about coming here… we’ve kicked and thrown a rugby ball around Kyiv… but this was his first ever match. It was a big deal.
“We arrived at the stadium an hour and a half before the game kicked off … he was that keen that we not miss a moment. The anthems were great… the fireworks amazing… the match kicked off… Fiji fought well…Sitting behind us were some loud Welsh twentysomethings… who clambered into their seats just before kick-off… their arms laden with beers… for my boy who’s lived a bit of a sheltered foreign life it was a bit of an eye-opener.
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“And the language a bit lively but I reassured him it was all part of the fun and we enjoyed the first half… despite a light sprinkling of beer…As the second half kicked off we got covered with some more beer as they returned to their seats… and so we decided to move a row further down to some spare seats where we enjoyed the rest of the game.”
He said as they left slightly early to catch their train home, one of the men ran towards them as they were going down the stairs of the stadium.
Jonah continued: “To my amazement he took out a twenty pound note and pressed it into my son’s hand. I protested and protested that I understood there was no malice in the beer… and to keep the money… “buy yourself a scarf on the way out” he told my son.
“I heard this is your first game – I want you to enjoy it”… So we took the 20 pounds… and my son is now deciding what to spend his money on… Thank you to that Welsh rugby fan – for making my son’s first match so special.”
Jonah said it the move has been a time of intense change for Max as not only did it mean starting a new school, but it would also be some time before his mum and sister also joined them in the Welsh capital.
Jonah said the act of kindness by a complete stranger blew him and Max away as they settled into their new home.