An Iraq war veteran from Surbiton was invited to spend the day at Fulham FC thanks to the club's work with veterans' charity Royal Star and Garter (RSG).

32-year-old Stephen Vause got a front row seat on Saturday (November 9) to watch Championship side Fulham in action against Hull.

He also met with players and staff at the Craven Cottage ground on the banks of the Thames.

The sold-out match was the west London club’s official Remembrance match, featuring a memorial for military personnel where wreaths were laid in the centre circle before the kick-off.

The Last Post was also played, and a silence observed ahead of Armistice Day on November 11.

Die-hard Fulham fan Stephen was 19 and on his first tour in Iraq, serving with the 4th Battalion The Rifles, when he suffered brain injuries in a mortar explosion near Basra.

As the Comet reported in September, Stephen was surprised at the Surbiton home when Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald and defender Cyrus Christie dropped in to meet him.

On Saturday, the Surbiton man met forward Bobby Decordova-Reid and Kevin McDonald.

RSG said he was presented with a club scarf and a copy of the match day programme signed by star striker Aleksandar Mitrović.

Stephen later said: “The game was good and I enjoyed it, I am very thankful for the tickets. Next time I go we will win!”