Shortly after his wedding, Buffalo resident and massive Bolton Wanderers supporter Mark Yesilevskiy got a huge surprise thanks to a good friend in the media and his newly-minted wife.
Yesilevskiy, who started the blog that is now SB Nation’s “Lion of Vienna Suite”, is as big a Bolton fan as you’ll find this side of the Atlantic (and he might give many Bolton supporters in Greater Manchester a run for their money, too).
Jenny Yesilevskiy conspired with Fox Soccer’s Kayla Knapp to get a special message to Mark via current broadcaster and USMNT veteran Stu Holden, who is beloved at Bolton.
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Mark was contacted by LoVS’s Chris Manning with the seemingly innocuous request for some photos of him as a Bolton fan in the United States. That was obviously part of a much bigger plan, and the bridal party snuck Mark away from the reception hall for a private screening.
“They brought my laptop from home, and they pulled it out at the reception,” Mark Yesilevskiy said. “I had no idea what to expect. They told me I was getting a surprise and I thought it would be an old friend or something. I did not expect it at all, put a big smile on my face.”
And here’s Mark and his bride watching the video:
The gesture meant even more to Mark because Holden is one of his favorite players.
“He became a lot of the fans favorite players because of his quality and work rate,” Yesilevskiy told PST. “He came in as a trialist with Owen Coyle at Burnley, and Coyle took him with him to Bolton. Before the Johnny Evans injury, he was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League”
The newlywed says he believes a match at the Macron Stadium will now be part of his honeymoon in Europe.
All of our best from PST to the Yesilevskiys.