Notts County Let 94 Year Old Dementia Patient Score A Penalty

Football can do incredible things for us and to us. On Saturday 94 year old dementia patient Roy Prentice was allowed to live out his lifelong dream of scoring in front of his home fans by Notts County.

We'll all have been to plenty of football games where we don't really care what's going on at half time, spending the time trying to get a pie or drink before the second half begins or trying to get enough signal to check Twitter or other half time scores. Basically anything other than checking what's going on on the pitch.

I was at Old Trafford for a game once when Tyson Fury was on the pitch during the break, even then I wasn't too bothered what was happening.

On Saturday though that was very different for Notts County fans as they got to see one of their own on the pitch get to live out his lifelong dream of scoring for the team.

94 year old Roy Prentice was helped onto the pitch and took a penalty in front of the home fans and they gave him an incredible reception as he scored from the spot kick. I'm not crying, you're crying!

Spokesperson for the club Alice Kelk, fan engagement executive, said: "It was a beautiful moment. His family were watching and were very emotional."



Roy was clearly very good luck for his team as The Magpies actually registered their first win in League Two this season with a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.

It was an incredible gesture from the club to allow Roy to take the penalty at half time and definitely the best use of the break that we've seen.

Fair play Roy, you've lived the dream of every football fan scoring in front of your own fans, the reaction told how wonderful a story it was.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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