EVERTON honored superfan Paul Stratton for his heroic efforts to help Ukraine by gifting him a guest appearance against Dynamo Kyiv.
Manager Frank Lampard led Liverpool City Council to end a 4-0 win at Goodison Park with a penalty.
Stratton’s comrades-in-arms expressed their approval as he was given a unique thank you for traveling to the Ukrainian border to do whatever he could to help in the aftermath of the Russian invasion.
The ex-cop carefully rolled home a penalty, ran behind the goal at Gwladys Street End and fell to his knees in celebration as he kissed the club crest.
The Toffees teammates then rushed over to congratulate and hug an emotional-looking Stratton.
The Liverpool Echo reported how Stratton responded to Ukraine’s woes in March by replacing his week off to “watch Netflix and eat Pringles” with a trip to Poland.
There he spent four days helping refugees fleeing neighboring Ukraine.
The Echo said he was “accompanied by a Polish phrasebook and a network of former police and army colleagues”.
His efforts earned him a moment at Goodison that he will cherish months after witnessing such harrowing events and personal tragedy in Poland.
To start Everton’s impressive display, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed a fourth-minute opener after a long ball from new centre-back James Tarkowski.
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And ex-Burnley winger Dwight McNeil scored twice on his debut.
But perhaps the greatest, and certainly the most poignant, applause was for Stratton’s introduction.
Strikers Calvert-Lewin and Lampard gave him a warm welcome when he came on for a well-deserved place in the spotlight – and scored too.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5891568/everton-fan-paul-stratton-scores-dynamo-kyiv/ Everton fan Paul Stratton scores a penalty in Dynamo Kyiv’s win after being substituted on for his heroic work in the Ukraine war