September 28, 2018 11.03 am This story is over 38 months old

Lincoln City grant last wish of terminal cancer patient

He led the team out to victory

A terminal cancer patient and lifelong Imps fan had his final wish granted when he led Lincoln City out to victory.

Tim Smith, 49-years-old and from Lincoln, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer earlier this year in June.

When he spoke to staff at St Barnabas Hospice, they quickly discovered Tim’s love of football and passion for his local team.

Mary Hall, a specialist nurse practitioner at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “When I spoke with Tim and his family about what matters to him, it became really obvious that football was one of his lifelong passions.

“He had attended matches with his father since he was five-years-old and both himself and his son are still regular attendees at every match.”

The hospice charity organised for Tim to go to Thursday’s Lincoln City press conference, where he could meet Danny Cowley and Harry Toffolo.

He was delighted to meet with the whole team.

Shortly after the press conference, the whole squad decided to meet with Tim and they even invited him to lead the team out for their game against MK Dons.

When Danny Cowley was talking about Lincoln City’s 2-1 win over the visitors, he dedicated the win to Tim.

He said: “That was for Tim Smith. We met him on Thursday and [his story] really touched all of us. We were really determined as a group to get a win for him and it felt right.

“It was a pleasure for us to have Time and his family with us and it felt really special before the game.”

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