A footballer who lost his daughter at birth before playing in an historic victory for his club was honoured on a regional daily’s front page.
The Bournemouth Echo paid tribute to Harry Arter, who featured in AFC Bournemouth’s victory over Manchester United on Saturday despite suffering the tragedy earlier in the week.
Yesterday’s Echo front page, pictured below, was dedicated to Arter, who played during most of the 2-1 win which saw his team-mates don black armbands as a mark of respect.
In a comment piece for the newspaper, Echo deputy editor Neil Meldrum praised Arter’s bravery and mentioned having gone through a similar experience in the past himself.
Wrote Neil: “Arter played a game of football on Saturday at the end of the week which could shape him.
“The emotions he feels now will get stronger, more dominant, before they ease enough for life to go on. But they will never go away completely.
“This correspondent has been in the place Arter finds himself now. But this correspondent didn’t play 86 minutes against Manchester United just days later with that level of performance.
“It was astonishing strength and bravery from a man who, alongside Howe, tells the AFC Bournemouth story almost without the need for words.”
Bournemouth are currently experiencing their first ever season in England’s top division, and last Monday the Echo ran a special front page wrap following the club’s surprise win over reigning champions Chelsea.
Saturday was the first time Bournemouth had met 20-time champions United in a league game.
Neil told HTFP: “In many ways, Harry Arter epitomises the rapid rise of the football club. Bought from non-league for just £4,000, he has been on the club’s journey from League One to the Premier League.
“The supporters have an amazing rapport with him and for him to play at the level he did on Saturday after losing his daughter showed remarkable bravery.
“It’s been an amazing two weeks for everyone at the club after the wins against Chelsea and Manchester United, but the true spirit of Eddie Howe’s team has been shown yet again in the way they have rallied around their team-mate when he needed them most.”