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This is why we love the game: A young fan’s heartwarming story

The story of a young fans heartfelt letter to his hero 'Tom Cairny' that swept the nation.

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Growing up we all had our footballing heroes, whether you grew up in the decade of legends like Pele and Maradona or all the way to local club cult heroes.

At the tender age of 11 years old, I went to my first game at Craven Cottage to watch the FA Cup against Leyton Orient in 2006.

Fulham lost the game 2-1 but from that moment I fell in love with the passionate atmosphere that surrounded me, the goosebumps leading up to the game, the fans chanting choruses from the terraces and the whiff of the half time hotdogs, everything that football is all about.

In what was a shock defeat for Fulham, Collins John's consolation goal was the moment that I, as a young fan discovered my heroes didn’t wear capes but played in the white of Fulham Football Club.

FA Cup: Fulham v Leyton Orient Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images

Although he did not feature in my first ever game, Brian McBride soon became my idol growing up.

Fulham's Captain America became renowned as Mr Reliable during his 4 year stint at the club and as a young fan of the club, I tried emulate my hero every time I played.

Fulham v Liverpool Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

On Wednesday 12th October, the heartwarming story of a young fan and his love for his favourite player Tom Cairney went viral across social media and Sky Sports News.

The youngest members to join the ranks of the Fulham faithful have donned their new heroes from Fulham's latest crop of stars.

This young fan sent his hero a letter acknowledging a few of his favourite skills and even a few aspects where the Scotsman can improve.

The young man named Giacomo also included a donation of £3 to thank the Fulham vice captain for all his efforts.

However for some young fans their dreams do come true, when earlier today Tom Cairney visited the young fan to show his appreciation and gratitude for his support.

The outcome of the £3 has been left undisclosed.