‘Awesome’ surprise for young Norwich City fan after ball hits him in the head during warm-up

Adam Johnson with Michael McGovern's goalkeeping gloves and Kyle Lafferty's shirt, after he was hit

Adam Johnson with Michael McGovern's goalkeeping gloves and Kyle Lafferty's shirt, after he was hit on the head with a ball during warm-up. Picture: Freya Clark - Credit: Archant

For most 11-year-old boys, the stars of their football teams are their heroes.

Adam Johnson with Michael McGovern's goalkeeping gloves and Kyle Lafferty's shirt, after he was hit

Adam Johnson with Michael McGovern's goalkeeping gloves and Kyle Lafferty's shirt, after he was hit on the head with a ball during warm-up. Picture: Freya Clark - Credit: Archant

So, on Saturday, when Adam Johnson received a thump to the head from a ball saved by Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy during a warm-up, he was understandably upset.

But as the Norwich School pupil was checked over by a steward, he was not to know that a special gift was on its way.

Adam said: 'The other steward came up and he had a pair of

Michael McGovern's goal keeping gloves for me. It was really good because I'm a very big Norwich supporter.'

But more was to come - just before the players came out to take on Cardiff City striker Kyle Lafferty began heading towards Adam.

As the crowds started clapping,

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the youngster made his way down

the steps to meet one of his heroes - and was given his training shirt.

'It was really awesome,' Adam said. 'It's on the wall of my bedroom with the gloves already.'

His sister Freya Clark took to Twitter to praise the club, describing the team as 'fantastic' and saying the actions made her little brother 'one happy boy'.

Speaking after, she said: 'It was a really lovely gesture and all the crowd was really clapping for him. He was very happy.'

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