‘Inspirational’ father from Northampton meets football hero Steven Gerrard

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A football fan from Northampton who missed a chance to see his team play live met his hero face-to-face instead.

Following a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, Dave Knight’s family were keen to fulfil a long-term ambition he had to watch his Liverpool at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard might be Dave’s hero but Dave is ours.

The club was unable to help directly, but it put the Knights in touch with the Honeyrose Foundation, which arranged for Dave (who is 63 this week), his son-in-law Norton, and son Andrew to visit the club’s training ground.

And in the players’ lounge at breakfast, they met a succession of 20 players and staff, including manager Brendan Rogers and Mr Knight’s hero, the Liverpool and former England captain, Steven Gerrard. He also got to watch a behind-closed-doors training session.

Andrew said: “Dad was grinning like a little kid and he’s not stopped smiling since.

“He’s supported Liverpool for almost 60 years and, with Gerrard leaving England, dad thought he’d never see him live.

“To shake him by the hand was unbelieveable.”

Andrew’s girlfriend, Melanie Bull, said Dave was an inspiration to his family.

She said: “Steven Gerrard might be Dave’s hero but Dave is ours.”