Anyone who plays sports knows that sometimes you don’t have your best game. And on those occasions, you need two things: a short memory, so you can get back on the horse next time, and a solid support system.
For one young goalkeeper whose team lost its opening game 11-0, he’s lucky to have the latter, and even luckier that it’s his father.
Allan Ogle couldn’t wait to watch his son Harrison tend the net in his debut as goalie for the MDS Falcons in Chesterfield, England, for some reasons that go beyond simple pride.
“He’s overcome premature birth, swine flu, pneumonia and has educational challenges,” Allan wrote on Twitter. “Emotional for me to see my boy debut in goal on Sunday for his new team.”
When things didn’t go as planned, Allan had his boy’s back, quickly uploading a video showcasing Harrison’s saves and asking fellow footy fans to give his son a cheer.
He’s overcome premature birth, swine flu, pneumonia and has educational challenges. Emotional for me to see my boy Harrison’s debut in goal on Sunday for his new team.????
Lost 11-0 ????????
????his saves to cheer him up, any support from footy fans ???? please I’ll show him ????⚽️????x pic.twitter.com/ghF4L7Lbya
— Allan Ogle (@AllanOgle) August 15, 2018
Those fans responded in droves, giving Harrison props and more. And not of all them were mere fans. Some were accomplished players.
Former Arsenal goalie David Seamen responded to Allan’s tweet with some praise for the young goalkeeper. He even added a bit of commiseration with the news that he’d experienced some bad games of his own.
Looking good!! I let 12 goals in one half of my first ever game for my school side!! #safehands
— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) August 20, 2018
English National team player Nick Pope was there for Harrison too:
Brave as a ???? and kicks it a mile !! Keep up the good work Harrison
— Nick Pope (@Popey1992) August 17, 2018
And so were some other big names from the English soccer universe, including Neville Southall, Ray Clemence, Chris Kirkland, Vito Mannone, and Bryan Gunn.
Allan had no idea his video would get such a big response, but he was grateful for it. ““I suppose I thought it would be nice to get a few message from people, but I’ve been overwhelmed with the response,” he told BBC. “I just wanted to get the message over to him to enjoy playing no matter what the result.”