Phil Foden hugs Man City fan, 84, with dementia after heartwarming box gesture

This is the heartwarming moment an 84-year-old grandad with dementia receives a hug from Manchester City star Phil Foden before being invited into his corporate box at the Etihad.

City fan Charlie Gibson regularly takes his grandad Barry Carr to matches involving the Premier League champions and uploads videos on TikTok detailing what they got up to during the day.

Earlier this year, Charlie took his 'gramps' to City's title-winning game against Aston Villa. The video from that match has been watched nearly seven and a half million time s, catching the attention of people at the club, not least Sky Blues and England star Foden.

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The Stockport-born midfielder has gone "above and beyond" for Barry, who was a special guest with Charlie at the Community Shield fixture between City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in July. Foden even came over at the end of the game and gave Barry his shirt.

The 22-year-old has kept in touch with the family ever since, and earlier this week, Barry and Charlie received an invite to watch City beat Nottingham Forest 6-0 from the comfort of his box.

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Charlie's video from the match, which shows his grandad Barry receiving an emotional hug from Foden, has so far been viewed over 1.4million times on TikTok. Charlie spoke to the Manchester Evening News about Foden's generosity earlier this week.

"It's just extremely kind of him," he said. "He's so down to earth he just wants gramps to genuinely be there and enjoying the games, it's really lovely to see.

"It's been amazing (since the first video), they (City) have really gone above and beyond. Foden has been so supportive and telling us we're welcome to come whenever he wants and he always makes sure to say hello before the games.

"He just chatted to us after the game with his family asking if he enjoyed it and saying we were welcome to come whenever we wanted. It's very generous and he gave us a signed shirt after the game too which was very nice.

"Gramps has been having such a great time, it's what football is all about. People can only see parts of the experience on the TikToks and what I am trying to do. It's all about trying to have that connection with him that you can't always have with someone living with dementia."


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