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EVERTON star Seamus Coleman helped a lifelong Blues fan achieve his dream of watching his heroes play at Goodison Park.

The Irishman donated PS1,800 to an online fundraising page after Francis Conmy, 36, who has Asperger's syndrome, fell ill and was unable to travel to watch last week's Everton v Hajduk Split match.

The visit had been arranged as a surprise by his friend Eoin Mulligan, who is now raising money to give Francis another chance of getting to a game.

Donating [euro]2,000 - around PS1,800 - Seamus wrote: "Sorry you couldn't make it to the game Francis. I hope you're feeling better now. Hopefully this helps get you and Eoin your flights and accommodation for another game and I'm sure the club will look after you as always. Seamie Coleman." Coleman is known for his generosity and recently donated PS8,000 to a group of Everton supporters trying to raise PS60,000 through a cycle ride from Sligo, in Ireland, to Goodison Park. The right-back is currently recovering from a horrendous double leg break he suffered in March.

Eoin, 25, from Athlone, in the Republic of Ireland, said Francis was able to travel to Liverpool with his support worker, Alan, but fell ill with a vomiting bug and was too weak to leave their hotel.

He said all surplus donations would be awarded to the charity, Aspire Ireland.

A touching video of the moment Francis originally learned he was going to Goodison has been watched over 5,000 times on Facebook.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Aug 22, 2017
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