The girl on the centre of a storm over a younger soccer fan
who had a Wembley match shirt taken from his palms has been
named as 31-year-old Vickie Timbrell.
Mum-of-two Vickie, from Manchester, insists the incident –
which sparked criticism from hundreds after being noticed by
TV viewers – was a misunderstanding and that she is aware of the
Footage from yesterday’s play-off ultimate of Preston North Finish
towards Swindon City appeared to indicate an unpleasant tug-of-war
breaking out after match-winner Jermaine Beckford threw his
shirt into the group –
resulting in young Ted Dockray having the jersey ripped from
his arms .
Members of Ted’s household later mentioned he was ‘gutted’ and that the
shirt had been ‘stolen’.
Vickie refused to reply questions over the incident when
contacted by the Mirror, however mentioned: “My facet of the story will
quickly come out.”
She later informed the
Manchester Evening News: “Individuals have made me out to be an
absolute fool. I can be talking to the household, I truly
know them, they’re mates.”
It’s understood the girl plans to talk to Ted’s household to
clear the air when she returns from London tomorrow.
The incident sparked a livid backlash on social media –
prompting Beckford himself to talk out over the incident.
Talking after footage of the incident, Beckford, 31, informed the
Mirror: “It was supposed as a goodwill gesture.
“I assumed it could go to a great house from somebody who was ready
to benefit from the recreation as we speak.
“Hopefully, it should discover its approach again to the child who caught
The household of eight-year-old Ted, who was attending the sport
alongside his brother, father and granddad, hit out on the
‘snatcher’ after the footage emerged.
Commenting on the footage, the
boy’s aunt Helen Dockray wrote on Facebook: “How can u
[sic] steal from an eight-year-old. Soccer is his life.
“My nephew is gutted. All he wished to do is put on that shirt
with pleasure, no matter worth.”
Helen informed the Lancashire Night Put up: “Ted was clearly the
final one to have his palms on that shirt.
“He would have worn it even when it was all sweaty and smelly. It
is the happiness it could have introduced the kid that issues.”
Ted was at Wembley to observe older brother Leo, 10, play in a
faculties’ soccer championship.
(Photograph: Getty Pictures)
The shirt reportedly appeared on the market on Gumtree at a worth of
£1,500 after the match, however was later eliminated after followers filed
a criticism to the web site.
Preston North Finish are organising a particular deal with for younger Ted,
from Failsworth, Higher Manchester, following the incident.
A spokesman for the membership mentioned: “If the younger man makes himself
identified to the membership, we’ll get Jermaine to current his second
Wembley shirt to him.”
Lancashire Police confirmed that its Soccer Intelligence Unit
can be analyzing the case, nevertheless confused that no crime had