Stags manager Steve Evans made a young Mansfield soldier's day today as he sent him video birthday wishes to Iraq from the One Call Stadium.
Lifelong Stags fan Corporal Christoper Wilson, currently serving in Iraq, will be 26 tomorrow (Tuesday) and dad Steve asked the Chad if they could organise for Evans to send him as message as he would be thrilled, and the manager was delighted to oblige.
Christopher is due back in December when he will receive his campaign medal.
Before he moved to Brize Norton he was a regular West Stand Lower C block fan, sitting next to his dad.
Steve and Christopher are both from Mansfield, Steve being Ladybrook born and bred, though now living in Derby, while Christopher grew up on Abbot Lea.
“I am so happy that we could get the birthday message sorted – I am welling up,” said Steve.
“We are both lifelong Stags fans, as was my late mother and her father before that.
“My granddad was at the first ever league match at Field Mill and was also there for the Forest game, which was our largest ever attendance.”