Everton and movie star Hugh Grant invited a Down syndrome fan who invited friends on Twitter for a drink if football fans were allowed to return to the games and responded to his message ahead of a Premier League showdown.

Toffees fan Michael Dullaghan has become a sensation on social media since posting heartfelt news last month. He admitted that he felt he had “hardly any friends” on the platform.

The adorable clip described itself as “friendly” and happy when it was given the opportunity to “speak to anyone”. It drew warm responses from high profile figures, seeing the 41-year-old rise to over 17,000.

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has established regular exchanges with Dullaghan, encouraging him to message him regularly while he chatted with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler and former Evertonians and England stars Michael Ball and Peter Reid to have.

Hi Michael. Come to Craven Cottage for the same game next season and I’ll buy you a beer. Or a glass of sherry, as we call it in Fulham.

– Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) November 21, 2020

You are both welcome with us when we are back with the Grand Old Lady. 💙

– Everton (@Everton) November 21, 2020

Legendary goalkeeper Neville Southall and Italian giant Roma have also responded, although arguably the most famous person who has responded to him so far sent an invite following his last tweet.

Prior to the high-flying club’s trip to Fulham in the Premier League, Dullaghan stood in a replica jersey and told the camera how another three points were needed at Craven Cottage. He finished the race with “Come on you Blues”.

Fulham fan Hugh Grant, who has nearly 600,000 followers, referred to the famous upscale area around the stadium by writing, “Hello Michael.

“Next season, come down to Craven Cottage for the same game and I’ll buy you a beer. Or a glass of sherry as we call it in Fulham.”

Everton’s official report replied, “You are both welcome with us when we return to the Grand Old Lady.”

Maybe the world is not so hopeless after all, top man Hugh

– Ian B (@ ijbrads66) November 21, 2020

Bill Kenwright, the club’s chairman, mailed Dullaghan a selection of kits and a letter inviting him to meet Everton’s squad at his training base at Finch Farm after reading about his original tweet.

“They’d love to see you, and maybe some of them will follow you on Twitter,” wrote the tech-savvy owner.

“Maybe you can carry some of the kits or exercise gear I have in your basket for whatever selfies you can take.”

Bolasie wasn’t named to Everton’s ranks, but there was good news for Dullaghan and his squad correspondent when Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for Carlo Ancelotti’s side after just 42 seconds.

Calvert-Lewin added a second after 29 minutes and Abdoulaye Doucoure made it three to half as Everton survived a second-half fear and ended a run of three straight defeats with an entertaining 3-2 win.

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