Young heroes at Hotspur Way
12 May 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Three young fans who have won the hearts of our players, staff and fans alike via social media in recent weeks joined us at Hotspur Way this morning (Thursday, May 12).
Marshall Janson, aged eight, needs little introduction.
Those in attendance at last Sunday’s game against Southampton will have witnessed Marshall’s unforgettable kick around with our substitutes on the pitch at half-time.
Marshall lost all of his limbs to meningitis as a baby but this has not deterred him from doing the thing he loves most – playing football.
When a friend of the family shared Marshall’s story on Facebook last month and how he was embarrassed to ask friends to play football with him, it quickly went viral and the Club responded by extending the invite to him and his younger sister, Lexi.
Similarly, 12-year-old Alfie Oakley caught the attention of thousands of fans via social media through a video clip posted by his mum, Justine.
Alfie has suffered eight strokes and a double brain bypass during his young life that have in turn led to respiratory and mobility difficulties.
However, despite his many challenges and difficulty in speaking, Alfie maintains his passion for Spurs and the video clip that won the hearts of fellow fans showed him saying ‘Come on You Spurs’ – this was posted on Facebook two weeks ago and the clip has received nearly 50,000 views to date.
Alfie was joined at Hotspur Way by his Spurs-mad brothers, Jack and Jude.
Last but by no means least, three-year-old Ryan Went recently amazed us all in a video posted on social media that saw him name the entire First Team squad (with the exception of Ben Davies!) AND their squad numbers, just from a poster on his bedroom wall.
We needed to see for ourselves that this wasn’t a fluke and invited Ryan, accompanied by his older brother Liam, to see if he could identify his heroes in person.
Needless to say, Ryan had little difficulty – and the first player he spotted… you guessed it, Ben Davies, number 33!
Each of our young guests was presented with a shirt courtesy of the Club’s Official Shirt Partner, AIA, before watching the team train at close quarters and having an impromptu kick around in the sunshine with their heroes on what was a memorable occasion for all involved.