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Everton fan scores penalty in Kyiv win after being subbed on for his heroic work

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EVERTON honoured super-fan Paul Stratton for his heroic efforts helping Ukraine by handing him a scoring cameo against Dynamo Kyiv.

Manager Frank Lampard brought on the Liverpool council worker to round off a 4-0 ‘peace friendly’ win at Goodison Park with a penalty.

Frank Lampard shows why football can be special and play such a huge role in the community as he brings on Paul Stratton

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Frank Lampard shows why football can be special and play such a huge role in the community as he brings on Paul StrattonCredit: Getty
Paul Stratton tucks home his spot-kick after Everton boss Frank Lampard brought him on as a thanks for his work helping Ukraine

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Paul Stratton tucks home his spot-kick after Everton boss Frank Lampard brought him on as a thanks for his work helping Ukraine
Everton players were quick to congratulate their final scorer Paul Stratton

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Everton players were quick to congratulate their final scorer Paul Stratton

Stratton’s fellow supporters voiced their approval as he was given a unique thanks for travelling to the Ukraine border to do whatever he could to help following Russia’s invasion.

The ex-police officer carefully rolled home a spot-kick, ran behind the goal at the Gwladys Street End and sank to his knees to celebrate as he kissed the club badge.

Toffees’ team-mates then rushed into congratulate and hug an emotional-looking Stratton.

The Liverpool Echo reported how Stratton responded to Ukraine’s suffering in March by replacing his week off to “watch Netflix and eat Pringles” with a trip to Poland.

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There he spent four days helping refugees who were fleeing neighbouring Ukraine.

The Echo said he was “accompanied by a Polish phrasebook and a network of former police and army colleagues”.

His efforts earned him a moment at Goodison he will treasure – months after seeing such harrowing events and personal tragedy in Poland.

Earlier in Everton‘s impressive display, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed a fourth-minute opener after a long ball from new centre-back James Tarkowski.

And ex-Burnley winger Dwight McNeil netted twice on his debut.

But possibly the biggest, and certainly the most poignant, cheer was for Stratton’s introduction.

Striker Calvert-Lewin and Lampard greeted him warmly as he came on for a well-deserved place in the spotlight – and netted to boot.



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