Steven Naismith Buys Everton Tickets to Distribute to Less-Fortunate Fans

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterAugust 4, 2014

Everton's Steven Naismith during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Everton forward Steven Naismith already has plenty of fans across Liverpool. He's about to get many, many more. 

In a classy move, the Scottish international has decided to spend his wages benevolently. He'll be purchasing Everton tickets for distribution in Liverpool for unemployed fans.

He attributed his decision (h/t Metro) to his similar upbringing to those in Liverpool.

I come from Ayrshire in the West of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow—a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment. 

Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket. 

I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people. 

I have asked the Jobcentre Plus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match. 

Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way. 

It's not the first time Naismith has shown his charitable side. In 2012, he paid for homeless in Liverpool to have Christmas lunch.