Leeds United star Paddy Kenny returned to his roots to help his old club St Columba’s by donating £200 and a signed shirt.
As reported in the Courier last month, arsonists attacked a container on Ling Bob Playing Fields, Pellon, melting the plastic goalposts inside.
But Halifax-born Kenny has come to the rescue by paying to replace the equipment and providing a Leeds shirt signed by the squad for St Columba’s to auction off.
The goalkeeper said: “I wanted to help them out because it’s good for the kids to be playing here. I played for the seniors here and I used to play on these fields as a kid with my dad and my friends.
“The day I got told by Halifax Town that I wasn’t going to be taken on, my dad dragged me down here taking shots at me with his steel toe caps on!
“But my time here helped me achieve what I have done in the game so I’m happy to help them out.
Karen Bottomley, treasurer at St Colombus, said: “It’s a brilliant gesture from him. He didn’t have to do it but this will completely cover our losses so we’re really pleased.
“His mum saw it in the Courier and rang him, then contacted me. She’s been great in organising it all.”