A gutted four-year-old super fan misses first Watford game because his mum doesn’t want him to miss school.
Alfie Merson, four, has been attending Watford games since he was four-months-old with dad, Adam.
This year marks his third season he has had a ticket and he hasn’t missed a game to date.
The duo attends away matches together and before each game, father and son traditionally find a soft play area for Alife to run around in before each match.
But Alfie’s mum, Sam, made the decision that the duo will not be allowed to attend the away match in Liverpool for the Watford vs Everton match on December 10 due to the fact that Alfie would have to be taken out of school.
The exceptional four-year-old can name every Watford player off by heart, including the team’s subs and squad numbers, and has been personally gifted Troy Deeney’s captains armband, boot and match worn shirt, that Alfie now has hanging above his bed.
Alfie has been shown support by other fellow Watford players when his uncle uploaded a video to twitter of Alfie naming all the players in his Watford annual programme, which his dad reads to him before he goes to sleep every night.
Adam said: “We are absolutely gutted, he’s obsessed and this would be the first game missed.”
Sam Merson is fully aware of her son’s football obsession and supports him, but when it comes to missing school its non-negotiable.
She said: “The first thing he does when he gets home from school is get in his Watford kit and plays football around the house on his own.”