Villa star’s father celebrates by wearing football shirt on school run
Aston Villa star Jack Grealish’s dad Kevin wore the footballer’s Wembley shirt on the school run to celebrate the team’s historic win over Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final.
Kevin Grealish wore his son’s shirt for the whole day on the Monday after the game, including on the school run for Jack’s two sisters Kiera, aged 13, and Holly, aged 11.
Kevin also bumped into Premier League referee Andre Marriner in the gym while he was wearing Jack’s shirt.
Kevin revealed that he wanted to wear the 19-year-old’s top around Solihull to display his pride, before he gets the shirt framed.
Jack was hailed by many as the star of the show in Villa’s 2-1 win against Liverpool, after playing a part in Christian Benteke’s equaliser and also setting up Fabian Delph’s winner.
Speaking at the time Kevin said: “I came downstairs this morning and Jack had left his top on the sofa so I decided to do the school run in it.
“When they got back the players went out for a little celebration and a few drinks so, Jack being Jack, he just left it lying around.
“I thought I’ll have a bit of fun around town wearing that. It’s a bit smelly, but that’s the sweat of hard graft. It’s was a brilliant day for the Villa and a brilliant day for the family.
“After I’ve worn it to wind up some of the Blues fans and Albion fans in my gym and in my local pub I’m getting to get it framed so we’ve got a memento of a great game!”
Kevin watched the semi-final in a Wembley executive box with Jack’s mum Karen and their other son Kevan.
“We were up in the box and when Jack walked in after the match we all had a big hug and started crying.“It was such a lovely
moment because we know he has worked so hard to get where he is.”
Jack Grealish has spoken many times about how his father helped to get him to where he is in his football career.
He is still considering whether to opt for England or Ireland at national level.
Jack has played for Ireland at youth and U21 level but has not yet been selected for the senior team as he considers his future.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is known to be keen to have him on board.