Graham’s Kick – Peterborough United v Ipswich Town

The first of ten planned Kicks at Peterborough United for the coming season took place on Saturday for the game against Ipswich Town. Graham, who is 11, was the mascot but the day was a treat for the whole family after the tough year they have had.

Graham’s 14 year old brother Richard sadly passed away suddenly in March, after playing football for his local team. Posh fans will remember Richard’s family and friends gathered for a minute’s applause at a home match shortly after his death. Emma Green, Retail Manager at the club approached us to see if we could arrange a day out for the Shaw Family and we were delighted to help. Mum Terri told us all about Richard:

What can I say about Richard? Richard was a very keen footballer and swimmer although football was his number 1 thing. His main goal was to play football for a club and he would have done it, that was his goal in life and he would have made sure he got there. The other was to get to the Olympics with his swimming…after starting swimming he said “I’m going to work hard and get to the Olympics for Aunty Sue” as she was his coach.

He made every one around him feel special and never put anyone down, we are very proud of him in all his achievements and miss him so much. His friends at school call him their Stanground Angel and he’s our King of Hearts.

When Richard passed away the POSH football club were fantastic. It was only fitting that we held Richard’s wake at the club as he was Posh through and through, the people there were very understanding and took their time to help sort every thing out. Emma Green from the club shop was brilliant, she went out of her way to help as she had met the boys on a number of occasions. I can remember the time I took Richard in last year to buy his football kit with money from his birthday and she asked if we could hang on for a while. After a few minutes she came back with George Boyd and Craig Mackail Smith and they had their photo taken with Richard & Jonathon. Afterwards Richard said “I’m never going to wash my hand again!” as George was his favourite player. George also came to see us after the funeral. Emma saw him and he said that he wanted to come up to see us so she brought him upstairs. It was a lovely thought and Richard would have loved to have spent time with him.

I would like to thank everyone at the club for all their help.”

Graham enjoyed a tour of the ground, after meeting up with the players in the dressing room, including his hero George Boyd. Then it was out on to the pitch for some training with the other mascots, before it was time to walk out of the tunnel ahead of kick off in front of the Sky cameras. Graham then joined his family in the stand to watch Posh’s remarkable 7-1 victory over their visitors.

As always we would like to thank everybody at Peterborough United for their hospitality.

more pictures here

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