Jim Bentley has been with tiny English soccer club Morecambe FC since 2002, first as a player and as the team’s manager since 2011. The team isn’t very good, but the fans are clearly still quite fond of Bentley.
Bentley was ejected from a recent game for objecting to a red card on one of his players. His protest earned him a two-game suspension and a £1,000 ($1,200) fine. That’s a pretty solid chunk of change, especially for a guy working in the fourth tier of English football, so the fans got together and pitched in to give Bentley a big stack of cash.
They handed Bentley the dough after Saturday’s 4–1 win over Notts County, and his reaction was absolutely priceless.
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