A WIGAN family has paid an emotional tribute to a Good Samaritan who handed in a priceless family heirloom at the DW Stadium.
Lifelong Latics fan Alan Green and his family were devastated after he thought he had lost a ring which had belonged to his wife Pamela’s father during the final home match of the season against Aston Villa.
Mr Green, from Kitt Green, realised he was no longer wearing the ring after visiting the toilets in the west stand at half time, and was so upset by the incident that he immediately left the stadium.
However, a kind-hearted fellow football supporter discovered the signet ring, which was made for Mrs Green’s father by combining the wedding rings of his grandmothers, and gave it in to the stadium’s reception, where it was reunited with its owners.
Mrs Green, of City Road, said: “I couldn’t believe it when we found out the ring had been handed in. I never thought we would get it back, especially with there being such a big crowd.
“Even though we don’t know who the person is we can’t thank him enough. It just goes to show people are not all bad.
“It’s a 24 carat gold ring and it’s worth quite a lot but that doesn’t matter. It’s a piece of our family history and it just means so much. We’re all absolutely delighted and it’s just fantastic to have it back.”
Mr Green, 76, has been watching Latics since being taken by his dad to watch the team in the Lancashire Combination at Springfield Park, and is now accompanied on matchdays by his daughter, son in law and grandson.
He said: “I was very disappointed to lose the ring but at first when I got home Pamela thought I was talking about the team and said I shouldn’t be so upset as I knew they were relegated already. I had to say it wasn’t that.
“The next person queuing for the sink must have seen it. It’s extraordinary as there were 23,000 people there.”