45 Minutes Earlier Than Never – Man United Stars Grant A Fan’s Dying Wish


Paddy Lawler is a 73-year old Man Utd fan whose dying wish was to see Man United Stars. His wish came to pass just 45 minutes before he passed away.

Paddy Lawler was a religious Man Utd fan. He loved the team so much that he battled to keep his eyes open to watch them play while on his sick bed. Paddy was diagnosed of prostrate cancer.

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The story all started when the Wythenshawe resident, Manchester, expressed his desire to meet with the team. With his health condition, his family understood how important the wish was for him.


Setting out to please her granny, 27-year old Kayleigh shared his grandfather’s wish on social media. The Facebook post had over 1000 shares.

Kayleigh wrote this in her post:

“Please can everyone share I’m trying to get a few of Manchester United players to come and visit my grandad we asked him the other day if he would like to do anything before his time comes and he said to meet the team I’ve emailed the Mufc foundation but no reply yet!”

“And not sure how long we have left with him so I want to get this as a surprise he’s a MASSIVE fan even tried his hardest to keep his eyes open yesterday to watch the match but sadly he missed it!”

“I know he will be so gutted that he didn’t watch it I’m sure he will be a very happy man If I can get his last wish”

“Thank you to u all Xxx”

As fate would have it, Jesse Lingard’s cousin saw the post. Jesse Lingard is Man United winger. From there the wish became a nearer possibility.

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3 days later Jesse, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah visited the 73-year old in his home. Paddy was so much of a fan that apart from the Man Utd jersey that he wore, he had a framed one hung above his bed.


The four stars whom Kayleigh describes as “incredibly selfless” spent quality time with old and sick Paddy Lawler. They also signed memorabilia for the rest of the family.

45 minutes after their visit, the granny passed away. His 71-year old wife and grand-daughter expressed their gratitude for the kind gesture from the soccer stars.

“They were such nice young men to go to that trouble and it is a huge comfort to us to know he died happy.” Eunice, Paddy’s wife, said.