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Salford City fund dying Man United fan lifelong dream to watch derby match

Date Posted,April 4, 2017

Salford City have vowed to donate the money required for a dying Manchester United fan to fulfil his lifelong dream.

Andy McFadden, 39, was diagnosed with terminal cancer after he went to the doctors with swelling to his face.

Following a series of tests, doctors discovered Andy had a tumour on his lungs which was causing swelling by putting pressure on his blood vessels.

He was also diagnosed with a form of bone cancer, which usually only occurs in older people, and he is now confined to a wheelchair.

Despite being a lifelong United fan, Andy has not been able to attend a game for 12 years.

Manchester United’s legendary Class of ’92 part own Salford (Photo: Manchester United / Twitter)
Andy has always dreamed of attending a Manchester derby

Andy had told friends and family that one of his lifelong dreams is to attend a Manchester derby – and that wish is set to become a reality after Salford’s management team became aware of the online fundraising campaign through one of Andy’s former colleagues.

Speaking to Mirror Football, joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “Me and Bernard (Morley, fellow manager) were in the car on the way somewhere and we had a tweet through from Bern’s mother-in-law.

“It was an ex-colleague of hers and she asked if there was anything we could do.

“We clicked on the link and without wanting to sound too disparaging, it was only £750 for something that he really wanted to do, so it was a no brainer.

Salford City co-manager Anthony Johnson before the Emirates FA Cup, First Round match at Moor Lane
Anthony Johnson has vowed that Salford pay for the trip (Photo: PA)
Salford City are rising through the football pyramid (Photo: Getty)

Johnson added: “We are lucky enough to be involved in football every single day.

“It’s a simple gesture, so we asked the players and staff and everyone said straight away that they would like to help.”

Andy’s daughter, Beth, responded to the gesture on Twitter and said: “Cannot believe how much people had helped in one day,nearly crying or how generous everyone is! Thank you every one who has shared/donated.”

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