As everyone knows, Arsenal is my life. I have a Season Ticket for home games and also go to most away matches. Whether you think I am sad or not, no one can deny that this is a fact. Growing up, my dream was to lead the team out either as the captain or a mascot but the nightmare that is disability put an end to those aspirations. Some probably heard about this next news on Twitter but I thought I better wait for more clarification until I formally announce it. Before our next home game against Norwich City, I will come as close as I’ll ever get to having my wish granted.
Last Wednesday evening, I got a message out of the blue from Alun Francis (Disability Liaison Officer) asking if I would like to be official match ball carrier on Saturday 13th April. I accepted but thought it must be an early April fools joke. A week later and it turns out it was true. I am so excited. Basically, the players will enter the pitch and I’ll have to give the ball to the referee before kick-off.
My brother will have to push me so that I can concentrate on holding the ball. I have been pitch side before but that was with a group of people to present a cheque to G.O.S.H. following my skydive. That was 20 minutes before kick-off so the ground was still half empty. Hopefully, it will be full with a buzzing atmosphere (doubtful at the Emirates) and the chant pf ‘One Wheelchair Boy’ will reverberate around the place.
I will have to get practising handing over the ball, which sounds insane, but to someone with Ataxia, it’s not. I want my big moment to go perfectly so that it can be shown on the T.V.
It will be 2 days before the voting is stopped for the Big Blog Exchange on the 15th April so will be one last chance to try and get more support. Once again, a huge thank you everyone who has voted for me. I cannot express how grateful I am and touched by the response (I make it sound it like a plea to find a missing person). When I ask people to vote via this link: http://www.bigblogexchange.org/blog/72005, I’m not speaking to the majority who have probably done so but instead aiming this message at any one-off or new readers. Please take a moment to vote, I’d appreciate the help.
Bye for now!