Surprise guest for Pool superfan

Matt Gilks pays a surprise visit to 7 year old Markanthony Bairstow

Matt Gilks pays a surprise visit to 7 year old Markanthony Bairstow

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MATT GILKS gave one young Seasiders fan a delightful surprise by paying him a visit at home.

Not only that, the keeper arrived at Markanthony Bairstow’s home on Lytham Road to hand-deliver a new Blackpool kit.

The football-mad seven-year-old was left speechless as his favourite player handed him a signed shirt and the gloves he had trained in that day.

This special treat was Markanthony’s prize after winning a draw open to the 1,000 members of the Young Seasiders supporters club.

The Thames Primary pupil said he’ll display the shirt and gloves alongside his signed Matt Phillips shirt in his Tangerine- decorated bedroom.

Foxhall Rangers player Markanthony said: “I’ll tell my friends I saw Matt Gilks at my house. He’s my favourite because he’s a goalkeeper and I want to be one too.

Gilks said: “It was really nice to see the smile on his face. It’s nice to do things like this.”

The keeper also took time to play a computer game with Markanthony and chat with his family about the season ahead.

Markanthony’s mum Yvonne Bairstow said: “It was amazing. He was so shocked. It’s a bit surreal really – your favourite footballer coming to the house.”