Early Doors

Leighton Baines’s very touching dedication to young Everton fan

Early Doors

Leighton Baines gets more popular as a footballer seemingly by the day as he continues to shine for Everton and England.

But it was as a person that the full-back impressed over the weekend as the above Twitter post with attached photo demonstrated.

The picture has been doing the rounds on social media with the message from Baines a touching one considering that it is understood that "little James" lost his life in a tragic accident last week.

"James we know you’ll always be watching the Blues, RIP mate, Bainsey!" the message on the shirt read.

The shirt was donated by the Everton defender with the photo originally posted on Twitter.

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It is not the first time that Baines has made headlines for all the right reasons either.

Back in April, he surprised a Toffees fan by delivering a season ticket to a man's door after his wife lost her five-year battle with a brain tumour.

The England man paid a visit to Gordon McKee after he was nominated by his son Andrew as part of the club's Make Their Day initiative.

So good on you, Leighton - you're clearly one of the good guys in football.

It's nice to see the left-back in stories other than those tiresome ones repeatedly linking him with a move to Manchester United.

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