In the absence of decisive and comforting leadership during this anxious time, the nicest thing to see has been our peers stepping up to help everyone out. Liverpool team members, in particular, have been the first to step up to help those that need it most by donating to the Merseyside area food banks that will be missing out through the Premier League’s suspension. The Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative gets about 25% of all it’s donations on match days from supporters coming to the stadiums, and that’s a big loss that the team hoped to offset during this time.
One player, in particular, has a good history of donating to food banks, even when he didn’t have that Liverpool paycheck coming in. Andy Robertson has volunteered with the North Liverpool food banks in the past, even filming videos with LFCTV to promote the charity, and regularly asking for donations in lieu of presents for his birthday.
So when a Glasgow area food bank tweets about “a large donation from a Scottish footballer”, it’s not hard to speculate on who that might have been.
Thanks to the Scottish footballer who donated a large sum to the following food banks, including us; @GSWfoodbank @Glasgow_NW_FB @GlasgowSEFBank @CR_Foodbank and East Renfrewshire Foodbank. Without the support of generous individuals we would struggle. We cannot thank him enough— GlasgowNEfoodbank (@GlasgowNE) March 18, 2020
Glasgow NE Food Bank operates near Celtic Park, the home of our dear Robbo’s first professional club, adding fuel to the speculation that it was indeed him that made this large donation. They also provide more than 53,000 meals to locals in the area, making the donation even more meaningful.
While there has been no direct confirmation of who the mystery donor is and could very well be any number of other Scottish footballers, Andy Robertson is the most sensible conclusion to come to given all the evidence in his favor. He has also chosen in the past to not (usually) publicize his efforts, so a mystery donation is right up his alley.
Caring for our communities in this time of need is paramount if we’re ever going to get through this whole pandemic thing and Robertson seems to recognize that fact well. We can only hope that it was truly him who made this donation.