It was another early start as we travelled to Gresty Road, where Alex (14), Rhys (12) and Adam (8 the next day) were mascots for Crewe Alexandra vs Peterborough United. They were nominated by Caudwell Children, Stoke-on-Trent.
We met them in the club shop, where we bought kits for the trio and met Dennis, who was our host for the day. We were then taken into the hospitality lounge, where they met the players as they headed to the dressing room and had the opportunity to have a picture taken with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, with some of the players that were in the winning squad and manager Steve Davis. We were then taken pitch side where we embarked on a tour of the stadium. Around the other side of the stadium to the Main Stand, we had a unique opportunity as we were taken to the detainment area, complete with authentic handcuffs; luckily no-one had their hands trapped in them that day!
The boys then had a kickabout on the pitch with Gresty, the club’s mascot before being led into the home team dressing room, which was almost empty other than Steve Davis and his assistant. Next, the lads had pictures taken with the shirts of their favourite players and checked out the tactics for the game. They were then taken to the tunnel and led the teams out onto the pitch. Alex was pushed out in his wheelchair by Crewe captain Abdul Osman and Gresty. Adam went off with Steve Phillips, where he scored a goal, which was greeted by cheers from the home fans. They then had a picture taken with the match officials and team captains and, as they left the pitch, were applauded off.
The boys then took their seats for the match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Peterborough claiming a last minute equaliser.
Huge thanks to everybody at Crewe Alexandra, especially Dennis, for looking after us so brilliantly, one of the friendliest clubs we have been too. Thank you also to Steve from Caudwell Children for nominating the boys.