Manchester City surprised fan Alan Baker with the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup trophies.
This week, Manchester City will fly to Asia with their three trophies to begin the international part of their trophy tour.
Prior to that, though, City is making sure to present their three trophies to as many deserving supporters as they can while they are in the UK, particularly those who weren’t able to travel to join the Blues at the end of the previous season.
The awards were sent to Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice on Tuesday to surprise Alan Baker, 66, who regrettably has terminal cancer. Alan was honored at the hospice with the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup trophies after being nominated by a friend from the Alkrington Branch of the Official Supporter’s Club.
Due to Alan’s ill health, Susan, who had reserved a hotel near Wembley for the FA Cup final, had to cancel the trip. She also decided against going to the treble parade because of his condition.
So City made sure Alan and his family could still witness the awards, and Susan explained how much the gesture meant to the entire family, not just Alan.
It’s been amazing and quite emotional. Susan informed the Manchester Evening News that Alan just discovered it this morning.
He hasn’t been acting well the past few days. He was once again different this morning. It’s unbelievable, both individually and as a family. Every morning he would ask, “Are the trophies coming today?” One more sleep and they’ll be here, I remarked yesterday. He has sat and observed every game.
For his final game at the Etihad, we just hosted a corporate day at City, which was fantastic. Before they ever arrived, we made hotel reservations at Wembley. We had to postpone that due to the fact that he had been admitted to Christie’s the previous week. He was at home for the Champions League and watched all the games on television as we watched it on TV.
“It’s all extremely terrible; two years ago, he was healthy and had recently undergone bowel screening. He merely had a minor grade 1 intestinal tumor, according to the results.
No side effects appeared, and he was playing golf in good health. It was in his lymph nodes when it was removed at Oldham Royal Hospital; a resection was performed. He had to have a liver operation after six months of chemotherapy. We believed everything was successful, so we went on vacation during the Christmas holiday in December of last year. On December 22, we received a call informing us that the cancer had returned, this time in the liver and bowel and related to the blood supply. There was more chemotherapy available if he desired it, but that was essentially all.
“It is astonishing that they were able to win the Triple Crown within his lifetime. You can tell from his look that he is usually sound asleep. All day yesterday he never opened his eyes.
I said I hoped he gets the benefit, but he’s completely different again. He’s been singing the songs. It’s just tragic, but you’ve got to look at the positives. The first time they’ve won the treble and he gets to see it. City are a massive part of his life.
“This place [Dr Kershaw’s] is incredible, incredible. He’s had the operations in the general hospitals, Christies have been amazing too. This place is another world, the care, support, even the support for me and Sarah [Alan’s daughter]. They’ve always got time, it’s amazing. We don’t know how long he’s got.”
Alan worked for the Daily Mirror on the production site in Hollinwood, Oldham, and has been supporting City since his childhood – following the Blues all over the country and at Wembley.
“This means a lot,” Alan said. “I can’t decide which is best, hopefully City will keep them next season.”
The Alkrington OSC branch said: “We applied to City on the off chance of getting the trophies to Alan, so we’re so grateful to City for what they’ve done. Alan’s been going to City since the late 60’s. The effort that City have put in today, set up everything, it’s wonderful for a terminally ill man
“It’s absolutely fantastic, especially considering what the family are going through. The strength they’ve shown and the pressure they’re under. A day like today when the pressure is off and all the spotlight is on Alan and the trophies is fantastic.”
Danny Wilson, Managing Director Manchester City Operations, added: “It was fantastic to surprise Alan with the Treble trophies this morning and have him enjoy this experience with several generations of his family. Alan and his family are the latest fans across Greater Manchester to be visited by the Treble trophies, with many community visits in recent weeks.
“These trophy visits add another element to our year-round work engaging with communities across Greater Manchester and help us to celebrate our historic Treble win with our fans.”
Adele Doherty, Dr Kershaw’s Chief Executive, commented: “We are grateful to Manchester City for supporting our Hospice and Alan, our patient, by visiting us with their incredible award-winning trophies. At Dr Kershaw’s we strive to support patients and their loved ones to create precious memories. Alan is a huge City fan and this means so much to him and his family, it will certainly be a memory for Alan’s family to remember for years to come.”