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Ryan Shawcross Captained Stoke Just 24 Hours After Death Of His Father

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.

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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.

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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."

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Shawcross is on course to receive quite the reception at the Bet365 stadium for tomorrow's game against Burnley and deservedly so.

What a hero.

Topics: Football News, Football, Premier League, West Ham United, West Ham, Stoke City

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.