A Premiership goalkeeper has given junior football club Moulton Panthers a helping hand after handing over £300 for a momentous race card.
Fulham FC shot stopper David Stockdale parted with the cash earlier this month in exchange for a racecard signed by 18-times champion National Hunt jockey Tony McCoy from the day he rode his 4,000th winner at Towcester back in November.
The 28 year old, who has had loan stints with Hull City and Ipswich Town, purchased the programme after it was put up for auction on Twitter by Racing Post reporter David Milnes.
“I was contacted by Moulton Panthers asking if I could help them out as they needed a few of their coaches to take part in an FA affiliated scheme otherwise they would be in danger of folding,” said David.
“It was then that I decided to auction this racecard that I had been given and that I got signed while I was working at Market Rasen to try help them out as I wanted to ensure that junior football remained in Moulton.”
Having sold his own racecard from the day raising £320 for the Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds back in November, David was not overly confident of collecting the same amount of cash, that was until he received contact from the avid racing fan and racehorse owner.
“I thought it may have been bad timing putting the card up for auction around Christmas time as people don’t tend to have much spare money then,” said David.
“It was through Racing UK presenter Chris Dixon, who is a Hull City fan, that David got in touch as the pair became friends when David spent time on loan at Hull.”
“When I told him what I raising the money for he was keen to help out and he asked how much I wanted for it. I told him I raised £320 for the previous one and he agreed to give £300 for the programme and a signed home shirt.
“It is far better that the card has gone to a jump racing enthusiast as I would not have done the card any justice by keeping on to it as I would have just left it in a drawer. By doing this, it helps out a worthy local cause.”