Liverpool striker Andy Carroll forked out £900 in an auction for a signed Newcastle United shirt – and then handed it to the person he outbid.
The wealthy 22-year-old returned to his hometown of Gateshead for Newcastle United’s biannual boxing dinner where his former club were raising money for local charities.
One of the items up for auction was a Newcastle United shirt signed by club captain Kevin Nolan.
After being involved in a bidding war Carroll came out on top – paying £900 for the Magpies shirt. But instead of keeping it for himself, the kind-hearted Liverpool striker handed it to the person he outbid.
Carroll, who caused uproar on Tyneside when he signed for Liverpool on transfer deadline day, received the occasional pantomime boo from the good-spirited attendees.
Event organiser Steve Wraith of Players Inc Events told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: “It was good to see Andy Carroll get such a good reception from the crowd despite the disappointment we all shared when he signed for Liverpool on deadline day.
“It was a typical of big Andy to hand over money for the shirt and then hand it back to the fan who was lost for words by his kindness.”
More than £4,000 was raised at the event which was attended by the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Steve Harper, Leon Best and Steven Taylor.
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