For the second time our good friend David Laud both sponsored and helped us organise our Kick in the North East. Below David, a Peterborough United fan based in the area, tells us all about the day, his niece Jessica was also Posh mascot for the day.
A cool overcast and damp day at the Riverside on the last day of 2011 but it will be a day two young people will not forget in a hurry.
Thomas Galloway, looked every inch the Boro boy but this was the red of Middlesbrough not the London Road Boro.
Thomas’s parents Wendy and Stewart looked on with their two daughters as he came out of the tunnel with captain Matthew Bates followed by the rest of the home side.
Stewart and Wendy Galloway, were rightly very proud of their sons performance. He was a true star and a great lad who is supported by a great local charity The Main Project who provide advice, help and support to people in the north east who have been diagnosed with various forms of autism.
Posh mascot Jessica Goodwin confessed to being a little nervous before stepping onto the Riverside turf but the re-assuring arm of George Boyd was never far away as he led her out in front of the 18,900 crowd.
The game was exciting and the home crowd could have expected to be at least 2-0 up at half time – instead it remained goalless. Early in the second half the pressure from Middlesbrough finally paid off with a flick from Scott Macdonald from Barry Robsons corner.
With ten minutes to play Posh began to take control and after several good attacks led by Paul Taylor it was Tommy Rowe who grabbed a valuable point heading in from another corner in the 87th minute.
Honours even and Jessica’s Posh supporting mum Diane certainly had a big smile at the end of the game saying it was one the best days she and Jessica had spent together. Jessica has made a scrapbook of the day and is presenting it at her school in Sedgefield, County Durham.
Yet another demonstration of the great work of the Free Kicks Foundation in co-ordinating the day with the teams and the club.
Middlesbrough were also superb and very accommodating for both mascots. I suspect I’ll be back to support another Kick next year – there’s nothing to beat seeing the excitement on a young mascots face as they’re about to step onto the pitch. A memory that will last forever. More power to Free Kicks, Steve and Sam – you are stars who make stars.
We would like to thank David for his continued generosity and support of Free Kicks. He is also running the Bath half marathon for us in March. If you would like to sponsor David you can through the link here.
David also put together this fantastic video of the day.