Everton FC give January Goal of the Month award to George Shaw
Nine-year-old George wins Goal of the Month after scoring at the Gwladys Street End
February 11th, 2016
Everton FC are well-regarded as the people’s club and they have come up trumps with a fantastic gesture. Nine-year-old George Shaw suffers from cerebral palsy and caught the attention of Gerard Deulofeu after the Spaniard saw an online video of him practising his skills.
Before the youngster knew it, he was being invited to take a shot at the goal at Goodison Park in January, with Everton then putting him on the shortlist for January Goal of the Month.
Picking up the trophy, George told reporters: “It’s just great, all the support I’ve had from my family and friends, it’s just brilliant. I never thought I’d get a trophy, it’s just amazing having something to show to people.”
Martínez said: “Everything started in George’s head and that is what impresses me the most. He dreamed of scoring a goal at the Gwladys Street end and started practising with his dad in his back garden.
“He showed there is never a reason or excuse to give up your dream. The players have been touched by the story. They saw the clips wearing Gerard Deulofeu’s top and Geri could not wait to prepare a little present for him.
“He is a young man with incredible drive, not allowing any illness or disability to stop him achieving the dream that he wanted and the recognition is genuine recognition from every Everton fan.
“When you see a young boy like George coping with a disability it gives you such a lesson how to approach life in general and approach adversity. It makes you realise how fortunate we are to be professionals in the game and seeing George’s inspiration is a really strong lesson we all enjoyed.”