Pools players pay surprise visit cancer battling teen

Fan Adam Davison with Craig Harrison, Nicky Deverdics, Carl Magnay and Michael Woods.
Fan Adam Davison with Craig Harrison, Nicky Deverdics, Carl Magnay and Michael Woods.

A Hartlepool United fan battling cancer was given a boost when Pools players made a surprise visit to see him in hospital.

Pools boss Craig Harrison and a trio of his players made a surprise visit to see 19-year-old fan Adam Davison at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on Wednesday to help lift his spirits as he undergoes treatment for cancer.

The Hartlepool season ticket holder began chemotherapy treatment last week and although he managed to get to Saturday’s game against Aldershot Town, he missed Tuesday’s 4-0 thrashing of FC Halifax Town.

However Harrison, and players Nicky Deverdics, Carl Magnay and Michael Woods called in to see him on Wednesday afternoon and delivered a DVD of Tuesday night’s game, as well as a match programme and a copy of Football Manager 2018.

Skipper Magnay also brought along one of his match-worn shirts from last season to give to Adam, which he got signed by the players during the visit.

The Pools boss said: “Obviously Adam is going through a really tough time and all we can do is offer our support. Hopefully our visit brightened up his day a little bit but it’s the least we can do really and we’re here to support him fully.

“I hope he gets the chance to watch the DVD of Tuesday night’s game and it can put a smile on his face because these small things can hopefully make a bit of a difference to a loyal Hartlepool fan.”

Adam, a mechanical engineering student, was diagnosed with lymphoma/leukaemia cancer just three weeks ago after doctors carried out a biopsy on a lump in his neck.

The brave lad is now undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.

His mum Tracey Davidson said: “It was lovely, they stayed around 45 minutes and Adam was made up with the visit - he has been a Pools fan since he was little, so they really cheered him up.”