We want brave Jake as Wembley mascot! Bradford fans campaign for cancer-survivor lad to lead team out at cup final
11:30 GMT, 5 February 2013
14:01 GMT, 5 February 2013
Bradford City fans have launched a campaign on Facebook to get young cancer survivor Jake Turton installed as the cub’s mascot for the forthcoming Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
Young Jake, nine, touched the hearts of fans everywhere after being photographed with Bradford skipper Gary Jones at the end of the League Two club’s exhilarating semi-final triumph at Aston Villa two weeks ago.
Having overcome a brain tumour that doctors warned could kill him, Jake already has his ticket for Bradford’s big day at Wembley against Swansea from the Barclays Premier League later this month.
Sealed with a kiss: Bradford captain Gary Jones went straight to Jake after the second leg against Aston Villa
Nice one, son: Jake's proud dad Andy (holding balloon) watches on as his son admires the shirt Jones gave him immediately after Bradford's stunning win over Villa
What a smacker: Jake is delighted after Jones singles him out following the Capital One Cup semi-final triumph
But now more than 7,000 fans have put
their names to a campaign on social networking site Facebook dedicated to
seeing Jake lead the team out at the national stadium.
Called ‘Get Jake Turton to lead Bradford City out at Wembley’, the campaign has been backed by fans from all over the country – including those of beaten semi-finalists Villa – and even by followers from Brazil.
Magic moment: Jake lines up with Jones (left) ahead of the first-leg match against Villa at Valley Parade and (right) with dad Andy and mum Cath. Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009
Jake has already led the team out once – when Bradford played Villa at Valley Parade in the semi-final first leg – and his family have decided to let officials from the club make their own decision about Wembley without any influence from them.
Jake’s dad Andy – a Bradford season ticket holder – said today: 'Jake loved his big day at Bradford in the semi-final and we are still really grateful to the club that he was able to do that.
'At the moment he is just looking forward to going to Wembley to watch his team.'
City slicker: Jake poses with his semi-final scarf
Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family – Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki