So, after months of planning, the day was here! It was the inaugural Club Legends Cup, raising vital funds for Cure Leukaemia.
I was so excited to be a part of this massive event. First I have to admit something… I support Southampton FC. Which was good news in one respect as I didn’t have any affiliation to any of the Midland teams playing. The bad news was that I had to learn all about the players very quickly!
After arriving at the LG Arena, (and quickly checking out which dressing room had been home to Mr Gary Barlow!) I was actually allowed on the pitch with my fellow host Phil Upton. Now, I am pretty sure I scored a penalty past him. Apparently there is video footage which tells another story though… Feel free to believe what you want!
The great thing about events like this is the fact that all the players turned up FOR FREE to support Cure Leukaemia. And I can tell you, they were all so happy to be there, and also they were all so competitive. I guess once you have been a professional player, that competitive spirit never leaves you. The dressing room banter was hilarious…and most of it unrepeatable…!
Interviewing some of the Midlands best loved players was obviously an honour and it was great to see so many children there absolutely loving being near their heroes, getting selfies and autographs……and loads of dads doing it too.
Amongst all the fun, laughter and good old fashioned football terrace banter, there was a lot of emotion on the day too. I spoke to Carlo (pictured above), who’s son Leo has been really poorly with leukaemia. To be honest, that’s when it really hits me about this awful disease. When you speak to a father who's young son has been so poorly, and you can see the pain in his eyes, that’s when I think we have to do whatever we can to eradicate this terrible illness.
Picture: Donna interviewing Coventry's David Busst
The atmosphere in the LG Arena was electric and it was great to see The Blues lift the inaugural CLC cup – what a day, what a night!
My lasting memories of the day? Watching little Leo running and kicking the ball around in the backstage area while his dad told me that three months ago he had been in a wheelchair, unable to walk. Also, Midlands footballing hero Jody Craddock, who talked about his son Toby who has been battling leukaemia. I am not ashamed to say these two things brought tears to my eyes big time.
Thanks to all the Midlands fans who came together to support CL in such a positive way – your support was amazing, see you in 2015?!
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