Jack’s tribute to Finlay: Grealish keeps his word to young Man City fan with cerebral palsy as he dedicates England’s sixth goal against Iran to him by doing arm ‘worm’ celebration
- Footballer Jack Grealish scored against Iran in the 89th minute of the match
- He celebrated by doing the arm ‘worm’ celebration, keeping his promise to a fan
- Grealish promised Finlay, 11, he would dedicate his next goal to the youngster
He scored in the 89th minute of the Three Lions squad’s opener against Iran and stuck to his word after promising an 11-year-old superfan that he would dedicate his next goal to him by doing a celebratory dance.
Last week the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who written a letter to the midfielder to praise him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and coordination.
Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm ‘worm’ celebration
Last week the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who written a letter to the midfielder to praise him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy
The letter said: ”To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old. I am a huge Man City and England fan.
‘I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister has cerebral palsy too. Are you a good brother to her?
‘I love the way you are really good with your sister, you really get it. You always have her there with you and you look really proud. Especially when you won the league.’
It continued: ‘I wish there were more people in the world just like you who treat people with disabilities the same as anyone else.
‘It makes me really happy when I see you, a famous footballer, know what it’s like to live with people with cerebral palsy.’
Grealish doing the arm ‘worm’ celebration dance after he made a promise to young Finlay
The youngster said that he loved to play football but described some of the difficulties he faced including not finding the right football boots and being slower than his peers due to his affected movement.
He finished: ‘I hope you get this letter, you are my hero and the best big brother to your sister.
‘It is my dream to meet you and give you a high five because I can’t hand shake.’
Responding to Finlay, Grealish arranged to meet the youngster and promised him that the next time he scored a goal, he would celebrate by doing a dance of Finlay’s choosing on the pitch.
Asking him to do the ‘worm’, he said instead he would do the arm ‘worm’ dance.
After scoring England’s sixth goal of the match, the footballer celebrated with his Three Lions team-mates and then performed the dance as promised.
Fans were quick to praise him for sticking to his word, with any calling him ‘an absolute legend’.