Blackpool defender Tony McMahon had one special sorry to say after his recent red card.
The 28-year-old team captain was banned for three games after being sent off in Lee Clark’s first game in charge.
And for Oliver Rushton, 7. of Loftos Avenue, Blackpool, that meant a big disappointment when he walked out as the Seasiders’ mascot at Elland Road.
Oliver’s mum Charlotte, 40, said: “I went to a Halloween party and won the bingo prize of nominating a mascot for the game.
“We chose my son Oliver to be mascot at the Leeds away game and he went to get the black kit especially with Tony McMahon’s name on the back because he thought he’d be walking out with him.
“But unfortunately, Tony was banned for the Leeds game.
“Oliver walked out with Peter Clarke instead and said it was really good, but in the meantime Tony heard about it and felt guilty.
“The club arranged with Tony to make a surprise visit to Oliver to make up for it.”
Oliver’s mum made sure he was wearing his black kit before the visit by telling him that her landlord was coming round to look at it.
The seven-year-old has a season ticket to Bloomfield Road and goes to the ground with his dad John Wilson, 31, and auntie Glen Leech, 70.
Oliver, a pupil at Hawes Side Primary School, said: “I looked out of the window and just saw Tony McMahon coming up the path.
“My mum had asked me to wear the kit but he gave me a signed shirt too. I was very surprised, it was my best Christmas present ever.”
Charlotte added: “He was totally dumbstruck which is a first - he stood on the stairs and couldn’t say a word.
“He apologised for having been sent off, and Oliver said, ‘you shouldn’t have done it in the first place! You could have hurt the other player’.
“But Tony was a really nice man, and signed his shirt for him.
“It was a lovely gesture because he doesn’t even live locally so it was extra nice for him to take the time out to do this”.
“They’ve been getting so much stick recently but Tony said the new manager is fantastic.”
Tony McMahon said; “He was planning on walking out at Leeds United with me and I did something stupid and got myself sent off against Fulham before it.
“I thought it would be a nice little touch to surprise him at his house and give him a signed shirt.
“It made his day and his mam’s day so it gave me a bit of pleasure.
“I saw him walking out at Leeds with Peter Clarke with his McMahon kit on and I felt a bit bad.
“Going to his house and surprising him was the least I could do.
“I’ve got two kids at home and I saw Oliver’s face light up when he answered the door, which brought a smile to my face.
“I was more than happy to spend 10, 15 minutes of my time with him.”