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Nine year old George’s dreams came true this season when he won Everton’s Goal of the Month award in January.

The brave youngster, who has cerebral palsy, was invited onto the pitch at Goodison Park at half-time of Everton’s Premier League fixture against Swansea City to fulfil his dream of scoring a goal in front of the famous Gwladys Street End. He had already captured the hearts of Evertonians after a video of him playing football in his royal blue kit, printed with Gerard Deulofeu’s name on the back, went viral and the Spanish winger was so moved by George’s determination that he offered him tickets to a game.

The club listed George’s half-time strike into their Goal of the Month competition alongside efforts from Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas and he received an incredible 86% of the votes in the fan poll.

The love that has been shown to George from Everton Football Club and fans from around the world is really amazing.”
Dave Shaw, George's Dad

George was invited to the Blues’ Finch Farm training complex to receive his trophy and to meet his heroes. He has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans around the world.

“It’s just snowballed” said George's Dad, Dave. “The love that has been shown to George from Everton Football Club and fans from around the world is really amazing.

“George works so hard and he's shown other children that you can do it.

George shakes hands with the Everton squad

“We were basically told when George was very young to try to keep him away from sport and football, and that maybe by the time he was 12 he would be in a wheelchair. But George's character has just come through and he's pushed so hard, worked so hard, and this is just reward for him.”