Macca sadly passed away three years ago today and to commemorate him I’ve reproduced another one of Big Dave Evett’s personal memories:
‘A friend of mine asked me if I would get him two tickets for the Manchester United game. The only thing was that my request was in the same week as the match, which was all sold out.
My mate’s wife was a fan but had never been to a match. Heather was in her late 40’s and had been diagnosed with breast cancer (she’s all cured now and still doing well).
I told him that I would try Macca but it might not be possible. When I asked him he told me that his allocation had all gone.
However, on the Thursday before the match I had a call to say that he had managed to get hold of two tickets. Heather was so excited when I gave her the news.
On the day of the game I met Colin and Heather outside the ground. Eventually Mac came out and handed Heather the tickets. She was so overwhelmed even to meet the big fella that she cried. But to top it there were also two Players Lounge tickets for after the match.
After the game, Macca arranged for some photos to be taken with a group of Manchester United players. What a day it was for them!
Mac was living in Long Lane, Hillingdon at the time and two weeks later he was talking about sorting his garden out. So I mentioned this to Colin who just happened to be a landscape contractor.
Next thing he said: “Let Mac know I will be at his place on his day off” (Thursday). He took a team of three lads and pruned all the shrubs, cut the grass etc etc and spent the best part of a day there.
Macca was thrilled and Colin said to him: “You made my wife happy, I have tried to make you happy.” He then shook hands and left.
A good few days were had by all, what comes around goes around.’
Alan McDonald – a true QPR legend who will never be forgotten.