Keen Huddersfield Town fan Gavin Greig would have been thrilled by the tribute paid to him at Saturday’s home match.
Fans had been urged to join in a minute’s applause in memory of the young heart-swap footballer who died last month.
And his parents have thanked all those who took part in the moving tribute to their son.
Gavin’s dad, David, said: “We were at the match and it was so moving when the round of applause came in the 23rd minute - a reference to Gavin’s age.
“It was very much appreciated.”
Gavin, of Golcar, had a heart transplant when he was only nine years old. But anti-rejection drugs caused the cancer which claimed his life.
Town fans at the Cardiff game below
The local league goalie was an avid Town supporter and his friends wanted to pay their respects with the applause during the game against Cardiff.
His lifelong friend Jordan Wood came up with he idea and urged everyone to take part.
“He was one in a million and he will never be forgotten,” said Jordan, a former pupil at Colne Valley High School.
David Greig said: “It was a lovely gesture from his friends. They did more than enough and it showed just how much he was thought of.
“It was a wonderful send-off. Very moving.”
Word of the stadium tribute spread on social media and Town’s supporter liaison officer Nathan Hosker enlisted the backing of his counterpart at Cardiff, Adam Gilliatt, who tweeted Bluebirds fans asking them to join in the applause.
And on Saturday a minute’s silence was held before the match between Golcar and Kirkburton which Golcar won 2-1.