Bale sends message to Marine fan who watched Spurs FA Cup match from house

Gareth Bale has responded to a Marine supporter who tweeted about seeing the Tottenham star up close during the FA Cup third round tie between the two sides on Sunday.

The seven tiers separating the teams in the football pyramid meant the clash was the biggest gulf in the competition's history.

And despite no spectators being allowed into the stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, a number of people were able to enjoy the spectacle from their houses in Crosby.

One local, named Christopher, tweeted a close-up picture of four-time Champions League winner Bale, who came on as a second-half substitute.

And he included the caption: "Watching Gareth Bale whilst leaning out my window. Unreal".

His day improved even further when Bale replied with a virtual wave emoji late on Sunday night to acknowledge the fan.

Ultimately Spurs comfortably won the tie 5-0, but it is certainly occasion that Marine's part-time players will never forget.

The club also sold over 30,000 virtual tickets for the match in what will come as a huge financial boost.

Bale, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy the occasion, and Marine full-back James Joyce revealed a joke he shared with the Welsh international.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said: "You know, I was happy to see Gareth Bale warm up. I had a couple of words with him when he first came on.

"He was blowing a little bit so I said, 'Are you a bit tired?' and he told me he had only started training yesterday.

"Then he said: 'I'm just starving, hungry!' I said: 'Don't worry, you have got a Tesco meal deal waiting for you off the club!'

"We had a little laugh over it. Just to be on the same pitch as him is something I will never forget."

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