On June 24th, Elton made history by being the first artist to appear at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium, performing to over 14,000 fans. A Diamonds home shirt was handed to him on behalf of the Airdrieonians Supporters Trust, which he was more than happy to sign.
This was recently auctioned off, with proceeds going to KitAid.
KitAid, established in 1998, has sent 425,000 pieces of kit around the world. Airdrieonians have donated nearly 14,000 pieces of that kit in three years, and in return, have issued nearly 1,200 season tickets to children, aiming to make football affordable for the children and families in the area.
The Trust became an ambassador club for the charity in 2014. Every year, the Trust runs a variety of fund raisers and events throughout the season to be able to pay for the youngsters’ tickets.
As for the jersey Elton autographed, the Daily Record reports that it was snapped up by sports fan Jordan McLay, who paid £2350.
Jordan, as an added goodwill gesture, has returned the top, which is to be framed and displayed in the Diamond Sensory Room.
In February, Airdrieonians become the first football club in Scotland with a sensory room at home games, allowing children with Sensory Process Disorders such as autism to attend matches in comfort.
The sensory room was the brainchild of the club’s commercial manager Dougy Allsop and one of the Youth Academy coaches Stevie Burr. Stevie has a son with autism and had approached Dougy to see if anything could be done.
Elton signed another top as well, which Dougy says is to be framed and hung up within the stadium.