A FATHER and son who cleaned fascist graffiti from a Spanish Civil War memorial to Scots who fought in the conflict have received a generous gift from a major football team.

Steven McGowan saw pictures of the memorial on social media on Saturday, June 26 and decided to take his son down to clean it off.

It was erected in 2012 in the Duchess of Hamilton Park, Motherwell and commemorates the 40 North Lanarkshire volunteers who “gave up everything … for the cause of all advanced and progressive mankind”.

The National:

READ MORE: Dad who cleaned fascist graffiti says it was 'for the greater good'

The volunteers joined others from the UK as part of the International Brigade that traveled to Spain to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

McGowan has a history of going to International Brigade functions since the age of 15 and told The National that it was "very important to him".

He had been planning a cycling trip to the park with his son Steven McGowan junior, six, that day anyway and looked up cleaning products to remove spray paint before heading down.

Pictures of the cleaned memorial were shared by one of McGowan's friends initially and he later posted a picture himself with his son who was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain kit.

McGowan said the French team reached out to him offering some free merchandise and earlier today he shared what PSG sent.

McGowan tweeted: "Massive thank you to @PSG_inside for making Wee Stevens day with the package they sent him.

"Signed Neymar Jr top, strips and training gear as well as an invitation to Le Parc des Princes for a match next season. Steven is as high as a kite with it all. PSG have a fan 4 life now."

The gift contained a letter from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi saying how "proud and inspired" he was by the community work of the McGowans.

READ MORE: Why vandalism of memorial to Scots who fought in Spanish Civil War is shameful

He added: "On that day you demonstrated important values such as respect, selflessness and hard work - values that are at the centre of everything we do at Paris Saint-Germain - and so the club was honoured to see you wearing our jersey as you made the world a better place.

"I encourage you to keep up the good work and keep helping your community, as community is one of the important things in life."