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Earlier this year, diehard Everton fan Tom Simmons received a frighteningly intense video message from Toffees legend Duncan Ferguson.
Tom had not been pulling his weight in regards to schoolwork and his teacher, who is friends with 'Big Dunc', arranged for the former striker to bestow some words of wisdom upon him.
He did exactly that. Filming a selfie-shot video from the Goodison Park pitch, Ferguson blurted out a few f-bombs and told Tom to buck his ideas up.
"Your teacher, old Tom, has told me you've been f**cking slacking off a bit in your photography, is that right?," Ferguson said.
"We cannae be having that, mate. You better get your finger out and make sure that you get the f**king results."
Little brother got a message from Big Dunc giving him a little kick up the arse for slacking in school 🤣 our footy club is boss UTFT 💙 pic.twitter.com/8YzsXaviCy— Jack Simmons (@JackSimmo1998) April 19, 2021
If he stopped "slacking" and did the business, the Scotsman said he would take Tom for lunch.
And he stayed true to his word. After Tom got an A in photography, as well as an A* and an A in his other two A-Levels, Ferguson took Tom and his brother Jack for some food at Greek restaurant at Eureka in Wavertree.
Big Dunc sticking to his word after my brother got the results he needed in school and took him out for food. Made sure that I got invited to and not one of his mates 🤣🤣 🔵 https://t.co/7h7N08r74P pic.twitter.com/dD0k4Ph7oI— Jack Simmons (@JackSimmo1998) September 9, 2021
"We actually forgot about it for a little bit then got the text of my brother's teacher asking if we could keep Thursday free because Duncan wanted to take us for food," older brother Jack told SPORTbible.
"He is actually one of most down to earth people I've met, we spent the afternoon chatting about Tom's school work and of course Everton.
"It was class of Duncan to give his time up to make me and my brother's day. Couldn't thank him enough."
On the message that went viral, Jack reckons it definitely gave his sibling the kick up the backside he needed.
"He was made up when he first saw it, I think it took a day or too for him to realise that he actually needed to work a bit harder in school to get the grades."
We wish Tom all the best in his next chapter in studying anthropology at university.
Should his standards drop at all, he knows that Ferguson, arguably the hardest player in Premier League history, will be there to let him know the score.
Ferguson had two spells at Everton, playing 273 games for the Merseyside club.
He is currently on Rafa Benitez's coaching team and had a spell as interim boss in December 2019.
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