The Premier League is well and truly back, and so is Monday Night Football. Whilst we rejoiced at the fact the international break had ended, Monday’s game reminded us of the emotional touch football can have on people's lives.
Before Everton’s 3-0 thrashing of ex-manager David Moyes' Sunderland, which saw Belgian Romelu Lukaku seal his return after injury with a spectacular hat trick, captain Jermain Defoe and the rest of the team were lead out by young mascot, Bradley Lowery.
The five-year-old has Neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer, which affects around 100 children in the UK a year.
Bradley’s family are currently trying to raise £700,000 so that he can receive treatment for the cancer in the United States, and in a show of amazing charity by Everton’s chairman Bill Kenwright, the Toffees have donated an incredible £200,000 to the cause.
The overwhelming gesture hasn't gone unnoticed, as after the official Everton Twitter account tweeted about their donation, fans were quick to applaud them for their generosity.
Even the Toffees manager Ronald Koeman took to Twitter to praise the chairman for his donation.
This summer, the financial spending in football has been widely criticised, due mainly to the whopping transfer fees of players.
Star names such as Gonzalo Higuain, sold from Napoli to Juventus for £75.3 million, and Paul Pogba, sold from Juventus to Manchester United for £89.3 million.
You can see Jermain Defoe talking to Bradley before the game in the video below.
Whilst the majority of the world can only fathom these eye watering sums of money, it seems to be just a drop in the ocean for modern day football clubs.
In this light, it is refreshing to see a club spend a significant amount of money on a great cause and remind us all of the great sportsmanship that is still very much alive today in the footballing community.