Ryan Shawcross Captained Stoke Just 24 Hours After Death Of His Father
Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross refused compassionate leave and skippered the Potters to a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Monday just 24 hours after the unexpected loss of his father.
Stoke were more than willing to allow the 30-year old time off to grieve but he was adamant he wanted to play in the game at the London Stadium.
Ryan Shawcross turned down compassionate leave after his father passed away and played in the West Ham game less than 24 hours after it happened. That is some commitment to the cause. Legend. #SCFC #TBPTV (Sentinel) pic.twitter.com/mzgYL64Chw
- The Bear Pit TV (@TheBearPitTV) April 20, 2018
Sometimes you're just lost for words.
God bless you, Ryan Shawcross. pic.twitter.com/YX1JhHOF3l
- Wizards of Drivel (@wizardsofdrivel) April 20, 2018
What commitment from Stoke City's captain Ryan Shawcross. An example to many and a role model to fans & fellow professionals.
How difficult it must've been for him to play on Monday night given his personal circumstances.
100% Stoke City
My condolences to him and his family.
- Matt Sandoz (@mattsandoz1) April 21, 2018
Ryan Shawcross played against West Ham despite his Dad passing away less that 24 hours before the game and turned down compassionate leave. If a player from a top 6 club did this they would knighted the same day and become a global hero
- George (@StokeGeorge) April 20, 2018
Football rivalries aside, what Ryan Shawcross did on Monday following the death of his father less than 24 hours before, must have taken a huge amount of guts, and he deserves all the praise anybody can heap on him. Well done lad. :clap:
- Lee Brookes (@leetbrookes) April 21, 2018
Shawcross has a truly special connection with Stoke and showed what a consummate professional he is in getting on with his job despite his bereavement.
His manager, Paul Lambert, showered him with praise for doing so.
"I found out the day before the game that something catastrophic had happened and his performance on Monday night epitomised what this club is built on," Lambert said, as per Stoke Sentinel.
"I said to him after that his mum and dad would've been proud of him for what he did there. He wanted to play in the game. We had one or two little chats the night before.
"It probably caught up with him a day later or so. For someone to go through that and play like he did was unbelievable."
Shawcross is on course to receive quite the reception at the Bet365 stadium for tomorrow's game against Burnley and deservedly so.
Ryan Shawcross deserves one hell of a reception on Sunday.
- John Mothershaw (@pottersjohn) April 20, 2018
One Ryan Shawcross, for 90 minutes.
- Tom (@sussexstokie) April 20, 2018
What a hero.