There was a special moment for 12-year-old Aubrey Wilson prior to kick-off at Saturday’s Vodacom Challenge Final at Coca-Cola Park.
One year on from his first meeting with our captain, Michael Dawson, this moment proved their bond is still as strong as it can be giving the distance between them.
Since 2010, Michael, along with the rest of his team-mates, have each sponsored an orphan around the world through our charity partnership with SOS Children.
But unlike other players, ‘Daws’ has had the unique opportunity to come face-to-face with the child he sponsors, Aubrey, not just once, but twice.
The first time was during last summer’s FIFA World Cup when the defender took time out from England’s training camp in Rustenburg to visit the SOS Village where Aubrey lives just a short distance away.
And on Saturday, Aubrey, along with five of his friends from the Rustenburg village, were given the chance to lead out the Spurs team for the Final as mascots.
On hearing about this, ‘Daws’, who was not involved in the game, jumped at the opportunity for a catch-up with Aubrey.
And he had a special gift waiting for him – none other than his very own match shirt. As ‘Daws’ explains, there is very good reason for him choosing this particular gift.
“The first time I met Aubrey he was wearing a Wayne Rooney shirt, so at least he won’t have to wear that any more!
“Credit to all the lads, we’ve all got together to support SOS and sponsor a child each but I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Aubrey twice now.
“It’s just great to see that he’s happy, that’s the most important thing, and thanks to the work of the charity and our relationship with them, I’m sure he will continue to lead a happy and healthy life.”