November 2nd, 2011

Billy Sharp: Beyond Brave

Image Credit: AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe.

The story of Billy Sharp is all over the British press today, but we feel that this is the kind of thing all of our readers, regardless of geographical location, should get to hear about.

Billy scored a goal for Doncaster Rovers last night, after insisting he was ready to play in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough despite the death of his two-day-old son Luey Jacob on Saturday. A minute’s silence was admirably observed by both sets of fans prior to the fixture and when he struck in the fourteenth minute, Billy lifted his shirt over his head to reveal the slogan ‘That’s For You, Son’. He was not booked by the referee for the gesture.

Please join us in sending our best wishes to Billy and his wife, Jade. If you wish to message him, his twitter handle is @billysharp10.

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14 Responses to “Billy Sharp: Beyond Brave”

  1. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Just seen this, I teared up what a brave man! a true professional, referee is very respectful

  2. DebS says:

    I too teared up when I saw an article about this the other day. So sad. I can't imagine what he and his family went through. RIP little guy and best wishes to the family.

  3. footballandme says:

    Carlos Tevez, Luka Modric, Mario Ballotelli – Hang Your Heads in shame.

    Tevez – "Refuses" to play and kicks up a stink afterwards.

    Modric – Tries to force a transfer when his team has clearly said no and then says he can't play because his head isnt in the right place.

    Balotelli – Constantly argues with Mancini over petty little things when he is in the wrong and not Mancini.

    Think about things gentlemen! Football is just a game, this poor lad lost his baby boy. He'd give up his career if it meant he could hold his child for the rest of his life. Think before you strop off!

    RIP Luey.

  4. Pablo says:

    Total repect for Billy and my heart goes out to him.

  5. Kristina says:

    I was at work when I read about this. I started to cry and had to cover it up. This must be the worst thing that can happen to a person. No parent should have to bury their child. He was very strong to go out and play for his son, but I wouldn't have hold it against him if he hadn't.

    Sleep tight, little Luey Jacob.

  6. Alice says:

    aww I feel so bad for him :( what a brave, strong man.
    and finally, a referee who has a heart.

  7. bri_saldana says:

    This was tragically beautiful. My heart goes out to him and his family. God bless you Billy Sharp.

  8. xbabyshakesx says:

    I'm totally moved to tears! So amazing and strong for himself, his wife and his son.

  9. JA7 says:

    I have sooooo much respect for him! Tevez, you taking notes?!

  10. IrishBlue says:

    That is heartbreaking news, that poor family :(

  11. GaiaBale says:

    Chapeau to this brave man and serious professionist. I wish all the best to him and his wife in such a sad moment and i hope their poor baby might rest in peace. It reminds me of Frank Lampard in occasion of his mother’s death. All my respect to them.

  12. Kat22 says:

    So sad. Lovely gesture by both sets of fans.

  13. April says:

    Not gonna lie… saw that on the soccer report last night and teared up… a lot. Sports are just sports and all, except when they get to mean something more. Nice to see him turn a game into a tribute. Also happy that the ref didn't book him.

  14. Sergz says:

    I cried when I saw this. And I rarely cry… What a brave man. Doing that just after his son died. Hats off to him!