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Bradford fans campaign for courageous Jake Turton to lead their team out at Wembley

We want brave Jake as Wembley mascot! Bradford fans campaign for cancer-survivor lad to lead team out at cup final

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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.

Picture shows Jake Turton cancer sufferer who led his beloved Bradford City out during there first leg against Aston Villa

Picture shows dad Andy, Jake and mum Cath Turton, Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009

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

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

Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family – Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki

Lady Gaga loves Rio Ferdiand: Pop siren shows her support for Manchester United star as Roy Hodgson omits defender from England squad

Going Gaga for Rio: He's been left out again by England boss Roy Hodgson, but is Lady G singing his praises on her latest tour

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 9 November 2012

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England boss Roy Hodgson may not be a fan but Rio Ferdinand seems to have Lady Gaga on his side.

The Manchester United defender, 34, was left out of Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 due to 'footballing reasons' and hasn't got near an England squad since.

But pop siren, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been pictured in Brazil going Gaga (geddit) for football and has been pictured showing her love for United's gifted centre half.

Gaga, 26, has been photogrphed waving from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony above a banner which read: 'I Love Rio'. There's a chance she may not have been referring to the 'Pele of Peckham', but Sportsmail would like to think she regularly tunes into Match Of The Day to catch Ferdinand in action for United.

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Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

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Lady Gaga has some fun in Rio de Janeiro as she waves hello to her fans and blows them kisses from her hotel balcony, while standing next to a banner that says

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012

Getting shirty: Gaga (left) shows off her Brazil strip. The popstar yesterday displayed her love for Rio on the day Ferdinand (right) was left out of England' squad to play Sweden next week

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Many of her music fans claim she was actually professing her love for the city of Rio, but all became clear later when she put in a shift in the centre of defence during a street football match as she visited a slum.

Obviously modelling herself on Ferdinand, Gaga was pictured stroking the ball out of defence.

The singer, who is in Brazil to perform as part of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour, let her hair down, showing off her new pale pink hairdo, even blowing kisses to former West Ham and Leeds defender Ferdinand.

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Hodgson yesterday named his England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden. And again there was no place for Ferdinand.

The England manager, 65, instead selected Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Phil Jagielka, Ryan Shawcross as his four central defenders.

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No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons