A DIE-HARD Spurs fan will get to watch his team take part in the eagerly-anticipated cup-tie with Col United thanks to the power of social media.

Dick Smith, who is a resident at Milton Lodge care home in Colchester, has been a Tottenham Hotspur fan his whole life.

After feeling a bit down, carers asked what would give him a boost. The 86-year-old admitted being able to see his beloved team take on the U’s later this month would tick the box.

The U’s are expecting a sell-out crowd when they host the Premier League outfit in the Carabao Cup third round tie, at the JobServe Community Stadium, on September 24.

So the care home sent out an appeal on Facebook to get Dick and his daughter tickets and it was shared nearly 400 times.

A kind-hearted anonymous donor has now come forward to offer Dick a VIP seat and food before the game for him and his daughter.

Clare Martin, activities co-ordinator at the home, said the response had been incredible.

“We to said to him ‘What would you like to do?’,” she said. “We put it on Facebook and the post went crazy.

“The donor has agreed to take Dick and his daughter to the game at the stadium.

“They will arrive a bit early ahead of the crowds, have a meal and then stay in the warm to watch the match.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the community who helped out. Thank you to every single one of you that shared and commented on our post, it’s amazing how the community can come together.

“We hope doing something like this makes them feel good too.”

The home supports the Wishing Washing Line initiative, started by the Friends and Neighbours network.

The initiative invites care home residents to hang their wishes on a community “washing line”. Any member of the public who thinks they could grant the wish then contacts the resident to set up the surprise.

To find out more visit www.fansnetwork.org/wishing-washing-line.