Originally hailing from Watford and a Hornets fan by trade, a new father from Manchester has accepted that he will probably be powerless to prevent his baby from growing up supporting one of the city's big two teams and, as such, is now auctioning off his seven-month-old son's club allegiance in the name of charity.
Ian Charters, 30, has posted the rather unusual listing on eBay, which will see the winning bidder allowed to choose which Manchester club, United or City, little Eddie will grow up to follow.
Any money raised will be donated to Bliss, a charity that provides support for premature and ill babies -- a cause close to Ian and his wife Jo's heart.
Eddie was born six weeks early and subsequently struggled with jaundice, weight issues and problems with his digestive system while spending the first few weeks of his young life in Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital. Writing in the listing details, dad Ian has vowed to buy Eddie a football top and matching curtains in the winning team's colours, take him to as many matches as possible and generally "do the best he can" to make sure the little boy "doesn't end up supporting the other team."
"I live in Greater Manchester, but originally come from down south so I have no affiliation with either of the Manchester clubs," Ian told the Manchester Evening News. "I'll be fighting a losing battle trying to get my son to support my team. Frankly, I wouldn't want to inflict that on the poor child anyway."
Now there's a sentiment most football-obsessed parents can sympathise with.
awwwww lol. this is qt and a little sad, but for a good cause. Also, it seems like the father is going to be taking on the $£€ of taking his kid to premier league games @__@
My favourite tag that I got to use on this poast was "buying shit".