Toffees fans overwhelmingly voted nine-year-old George Shaw’s strike at half-time when the club took on Swansea City January’s best.
Football-mad George, who has cerebral palsy, was invited to the game as Gerard Deulofeu’s guest of honour, after the winger saw the youngster sporting his number 19 shirt to practice his dribbling skills in heartwarming footage captured by George’s dad Dave.
On eclipsing rival attempts by Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon with an impressive 86% of the votes cast, the thrilled Whitby Heath Primary School pupil said: “I never thought I would win. I thought I’d come close because of all the support I’ve had but I can’t believe I won!”
His win even drew praise from former Everton striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker.
Well played George and Everton! https://t.co/eU3LmCJBlx— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 10, 2016
Everton have invited George to their End of Season Awards evening at St George’s Hall on May 11.
George, of Whitby, added: “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. I can’t wait for the End of Season Awards now. It will be great.”