Newcastle Utd, one of the biggest football clubs in the world ever to have suffered such disappointment in a Premier League season, have been buoyed by the selflessness of their manager, the Right Reverend Kevin Keegan.
Keegan, on hearing that disabled fan Mrs Robertina Bertha Amory of no fixed abode, corporate box holder in the Milburn Stand, had suffered irreversible kidney failure last week; immediately arranged for a list of available matching kidneys to be made available to Mrs Amory.
"It was the very least I could do. I sourced the database, found a suitable match and arranged a private surgeon, Mr Alan Shearon, to carry out the transplant" said Kevin after emerging from St Bartholomew's Church, Highest Heaton, nr Newcastle.
"I didn't feel too well after the surgery but I sent a message to Mrs Amory wishing her all the very best"