Our first ever Kick at Hereford United featured 11 year old Ed, who was nominated by Tanya Jefferies, having recently lost his mum. Ed was accompanied to the game by his father, Gerald, older brother Chris, and best friend.
Adam Wright, a Hereford United fan and fundraiser for Free Kicks Foundation went along to Edgar Street and tells us about the day.
We met Ed at the ground about 1pm, and took him inside where he was given a brand new kit. Ed was then taken into the players dressing room, where he got his programme autographed by everyone and got to chat with all the players and staff, and deliver a Churchillian team talk.
Ed was then able to go onto the pitch and warm up with Edgar the bull, the club mascot, and teach him a thing or two about football. Following this, Ed was able to shake the referee’s hand and wait for the players at the foot of the tunnel, before leading the team out through a guard of honour provided by a local primary school, and then lead the line for handshakes. Finally, Ed got to have his picture and profile in the match day programme.
Sadly, Hereford were unable to get the goal that would have sealed a much needed win and drew 0-0, despite having 2 chances cleared off the line and hitting the post in the 91st minute, but a very good day was had by all.
We would like to express our thanks to Hereford United for the wonderful day provided and Thomas Cook Sport who kindly donated the mascot package, as well as Adam for going along and hosting the day for us.