Sidelined by a calf strain, New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard still made a contribution to his new club: he spent $500 on tickets to get 20 fans into Sunday’s game.
Lampard’s gesture was first relayed to TalkingBaws.com by Megan Nicholson, a fan from Shetland in Scotland who visited New York with 20 other youth soccer coaches. The former Manchester City star sustained the injury during training, delaying his NYCFC debut.
When he met Nicholson and her crew following their tour of the club’s facilities, Lampard noticed their accents and began making small talk. After Lampard signed some autographs, one member of the group worked up the courage to ask him for some tickets into the game—an eventual 4–4 draw with Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.
One of the girls in our group cheekily asked if we could get tickets for the Toronto FC game, but he explained he only gets four complimentary tickets per game and there was 20 of us. He paused for a minute before telling us to wait in the car park for a minute while he went back inside.
After a moment or two, he came out and asked for one of our names before telling us he’d ordered 16 tickets through Ticketmaster in the ticket office. He explained he’d given the girl in the ticket office his card details and that we just had to pick them up before the game. We were all in shock and couldn’t thank him enough. He’s a lovely guy.
- Mike Fiammetta