Former Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings turns up for a kick-about with AFC Bournemouth fans
PUBLISHED: 11:23 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:31 24 May 2017
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Former Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings surprised some AFC Bournemouth fans by turning up for a seven-a-side kick-about last night following an exchange on Twitter.
The 24-year-old, who did not feature in the Cherries’ final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, put out a public message at 7pm last night which read ‘I wanna go kick some ball tonight’.
Bournemouth fan Alex Deutsch replied with the name of a seven-a-side venue and kick-off time and, surprisingly, Mings turned up little more than an hour later, joined in and posed for pictures.
The Bath-born defender – who Town signed from Chippenham Town for £10k and sold to Bournemouth for £8m – has a history of interacting with fans on social media during his fairytale rise from mortgage broker and non-league player to top-flight star.
In March 2013, he contacted a Town fan who had described themselves as ‘skint’ on Twitter to arrange two complimentary tickets to a game.
He again showed his generous side when, on Christmas Day that year, he helped out at a homeless shelter in Ipswich.
The following summer, again via Twitter, he pledged to buy new a shirt for any Blues fans who had his old squad number on their replica kits following his switch from No15 to No.3.
Mings suffered a long-term knee injury on his Bournemouth debut last August. He made his comeback in January and then was controversially handed a five-match ban for an alleged stamp on Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in March.