Good Friday saw us setting off on a road trip up to Bradford for the game against Peterborough Utd, at this stage of the season Posh were fighting to keep their 6th place League position, which would see them reach the Play Off stage of the season for the fourth time in their history.
Our Bradford City mascots for the day were Cameron and Billy, from Riddlesden. They had been nominated for their day out by Kath Copley, of Bradford Stepping Stones which is a branch of the nationwide charity, Action For Children. The boys came along with their foster mum, Ann, and their three foster brothers. In addition to the mascot opportunity, we had organised for the whole family to have dinner in the Banqueting Suite as a treat.
The boys changed into their Bradford kits and were whisked off to meet the players in the dressing room to get photos and autographs, followed by a tour of many points of interest of the stadium. Upon their return they were greeted by an amazing roast lamb dinner which they quickly polished off just in time to return back downstairs to the tunnel, where they walked out prior to kick-off with the team. They took part in the fairplay handshake between the two teams before heading back up to find their seats out in the Hospitality seating area. Former Manchester Utd manager, Sir Alex Ferguson was there to watch the game as well, and was sitting very close to the family. News had spread that he was in attendance and hundreds of eyes were staring up to try and spot him.
The game ended with a 1-0 scoreline to Bradford; we returned back to the Suite and waited for a visit from a very special guest…former Posh legend and Free Kicks ambassador, Aaron McLean. He happily agreed to pop up to meet Cameron and Billy, presented them with one of his match shirts, signed by the whole team, and then posed for photos with the whole family. This was a fantastic end to a great evening and we would like to thank Aaron for his continuing support.
Also thanks must go to Kath Copley from Action For Children and everyone at Bradford City FC, particularly Gary Chadwick.