Captain Compassion picks out brave Jake at big match

Jake Turton is embraced by City skipper Gary Jones after the semi-final at Villa

Jake Turton is embraced by City skipper Gary Jones after the semi-final at Villa

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All Bradford City fans will never forget the club’s historic cup semi-final victory over Aston Villa, but schoolboy Jake Turton has the shirt to prove it.

The nine-year-old, once given a week to live after he was struck down with a brain tumour, was last night proudly showing off diehard City skipper Gary Jones’s sweat-stained top.

The 35-year-old midfield driving force at the centre of City’s Capital Cup success, singled out Jake among City’s thousands of wildly celebrating fans at Villa Park immediately after the game and planted a giant kiss on his head before passing him the now treasured shirt.

Jones had recognised the youngster as being among the mascots who accompanied the team out for the semi final home leg at Valley Parade on January 8 after Jake and his dad Andy, also a huge Bantams fan, had managed to secure front row seats.

Mr Turton said Jake had been overjoyed at City’s aggregate win over the Premiership club but that turned to amazement as the club captain jogged across the pitch to hug and kiss him.

“He loved every minute of the match and couldn’t believe it when Gary Jones came over and recognised him as being one of the mascots at the first leg match with Villa,” said Mr Turton.

“He gave him his shirt. We’re hoping to get it signed by all the team, but it’ll need a wash first!”

In 2009 Jake was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, which had spread to his spine. It was detected after his mum Cath carried out her own internet search after he fell ill with a mystery condition.

Alarm bells had started ringing when he kept being sick and, at one stage after the tumour was found, Jake was given a week to live.

Shortly before treatment was due to begin that would have given him a 30 per cent chance of surviving over the next three years, his oncologist at Leeds General Infirmary had attended a meeting of UK specialists where it was agreed an Italian treatment, the Milan Protocol – which has a 73 per cent survival rate over five years – could be used in this country.

Jake then underwent brain surgery and was in a coma for ten weeks and had to endure months of chemotherapy.

Now, thanks to the pioneering treatment, he survived against the odds and is now fighting back to full health, including returning to St Paul’s Primary School in Buttershaw.

Jake escorted the team on to the Valley Parade pitch for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Villa after his dad had contacted the club following the quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory over Arsenal.

Mr Turton said: “We thought it would be a bit of a long shot for Jake to be one of their mascots because there would be so many others wanting to do it.

“He’s been a big fan since he was just a tot. They said yes and we were thrilled.”

Jake and his dad will also be at Wembley for the final on Sunday, February 24.

Mr Turton, of Northowram, said: “We wouldn’t miss it for the world!”

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7:15am Thu 24 Jan 13

Blotto says...

Well its a lot better than a kick in the Ribs!!
Well its a lot better than a kick in the Ribs!! Blotto
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8:30am Thu 24 Jan 13

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

Gary Jones gives us another reason to be proud of Bradford (TOP BLOKE!)
Good luck to Jake Turton.
Gary Jones gives us another reason to be proud of Bradford (TOP BLOKE!) Good luck to Jake Turton. ANY WHERE BUT HERE
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8:58am Thu 24 Jan 13

White-Wrose says...

An amazing gesture that has put the icing on the cake. Very, very proud of you Gary Jones.

Get well Jake, your team need you to be at Wembley.
An amazing gesture that has put the icing on the cake. Very, very proud of you Gary Jones. Get well Jake, your team need you to be at Wembley. White-Wrose
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9:09am Thu 24 Jan 13

irish bantam says...

Lets hope the club can get little jake to lead the team out at wembley........
God bless you jake, and what a gesture Topman Gary Jones.
Lets hope the club can get little jake to lead the team out at wembley........ God bless you jake, and what a gesture Topman Gary Jones. irish bantam
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10:45am Thu 24 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Great stuff! Well done Gary, good luck Jake AND City.
Great stuff! Well done Gary, good luck Jake AND City. Albion.
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10:51am Thu 24 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

I am glad we have football players like Gary at our club a real Gent. It was bad watching the Swansea v Chelsea where Hazard is seen bundling a ball boy to the ground and kicking the lad in the ribs. Surely if he thought the lad was time wasting he could have pointed to his imaginary Fergie watch so the Ref knew to add that time on. No Kerry Dixon he is not justified in trying to kick it out from under the lad. As he tried to make out on Sky this morning. It's no good Hazard saying sorry if the clubs ambassador say it is justified.
I am glad we have football players like Gary at our club a real Gent. It was bad watching the Swansea v Chelsea where Hazard is seen bundling a ball boy to the ground and kicking the lad in the ribs. Surely if he thought the lad was time wasting he could have pointed to his imaginary Fergie watch so the Ref knew to add that time on. No Kerry Dixon he is not justified in trying to kick it out from under the lad. As he tried to make out on Sky this morning. It's no good Hazard saying sorry if the clubs ambassador say it is justified. Whoisevans?
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10:51am Thu 24 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

I am glad we have football players like Gary at our club a real Gent. It was bad watching the Swansea v Chelsea where Hazard is seen bundling a ball boy to the ground and kicking the lad in the ribs. Surely if he thought the lad was time wasting he could have pointed to his imaginary Fergie watch so the Ref knew to add that time on. No Kerry Dixon he is not justified in trying to kick it out from under the lad. As he tried to make out on Sky this morning. It's no good Hazard saying sorry if the clubs ambassador say it is justified.
I am glad we have football players like Gary at our club a real Gent. It was bad watching the Swansea v Chelsea where Hazard is seen bundling a ball boy to the ground and kicking the lad in the ribs. Surely if he thought the lad was time wasting he could have pointed to his imaginary Fergie watch so the Ref knew to add that time on. No Kerry Dixon he is not justified in trying to kick it out from under the lad. As he tried to make out on Sky this morning. It's no good Hazard saying sorry if the clubs ambassador say it is justified. Whoisevans?
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11:04am Thu 24 Jan 13

Joliet Jake says...

How can you even mention Hazard in the same sentence as Gary Jones. Whilst the Chelsea player may be "worth" millions in the footballing sense he isn't fit to lace Gary Jones' boots, as a person.
How can you even mention Hazard in the same sentence as Gary Jones. Whilst the Chelsea player may be "worth" millions in the footballing sense he isn't fit to lace Gary Jones' boots, as a person. Joliet Jake
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11:27am Thu 24 Jan 13

Rambo says...

John Terry - this is how a footballer, a human being, a real MAN behaves.
John Terry - this is how a footballer, a human being, a real MAN behaves. Rambo
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11:49am Thu 24 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

One word sums up Gary Jones....CLASS....he
's got it as a player and quite obviously he's got it as a human being. As someone else said TOP BLOKE!!!!


**

We shout with pride.....we'll never hide......Claret and Amber!!!!!!
One word sums up Gary Jones....CLASS....he 's got it as a player and quite obviously he's got it as a human being. As someone else said TOP BLOKE!!!! ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide......Claret and Amber!!!!!! bcfc1903
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11:57am Thu 24 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Top man Gary Jones, a touch if real class. Shows how a club progresses with signing professionals with class as a human as well as a footballer. Much better than signing thugs like jake Speight.

Well done Gary you've made us all proud as the rest of the team have.
Top man Gary Jones, a touch if real class. Shows how a club progresses with signing professionals with class as a human as well as a footballer. Much better than signing thugs like jake Speight. Well done Gary you've made us all proud as the rest of the team have. macca1969
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12:26pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Birky_Neil says...

Good luck Jake and what a nice gesture from one of our best captains in years Mr Gary Jones. So glad we signed you.
Would like to see you doing some coaching for us Gary when you hang up your boots.
Good luck Jake and what a nice gesture from one of our best captains in years Mr Gary Jones. So glad we signed you. Would like to see you doing some coaching for us Gary when you hang up your boots. Birky_Neil
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12:40pm Thu 24 Jan 13

m.r.c says...

Brings a tear to the eye. For someone to think of others at a time of a such personal high is outstanding. A message there for all of us.
Brings a tear to the eye. For someone to think of others at a time of a such personal high is outstanding. A message there for all of us. m.r.c
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1:26pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Innocenti says...

Top bloke Jonesy, if only we had him for the last 10 yers instead of that lot in Rochdale, it make you wonder where we would be in the divisions now!
Top bloke Jonesy, if only we had him for the last 10 yers instead of that lot in Rochdale, it make you wonder where we would be in the divisions now! Innocenti
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1:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

bigang02 says...

dito all the above comments and it would be lovely if jake could be mascot at wembley aswell
dito all the above comments and it would be lovely if jake could be mascot at wembley aswell bigang02
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1:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

White-Wrose wrote:
An amazing gesture that has put the icing on the cake. Very, very proud of you Gary Jones.

Get well Jake, your team need you to be at Wembley.
Gary Jone's actions and this bottom line have given me goosebumps and a very real tear to my eye.

A brave captain and the bravest of living souls, deserve any success and good luck life can now bring you.
[quote][p][bold]White-Wrose[/bold] wrote: An amazing gesture that has put the icing on the cake. Very, very proud of you Gary Jones. Get well Jake, your team need you to be at Wembley.[/p][/quote]Gary Jone's actions and this bottom line have given me goosebumps and a very real tear to my eye. A brave captain and the bravest of living souls, deserve any success and good luck life can now bring you. Prisoner Cell Block A
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2:30pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Bantam76 says...

This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A.

This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad.

I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it!

Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position!

CTID :-D
This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A. This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad. I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it! Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position! CTID :-D Bantam76
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4:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

Bantam76 wrote:
This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A.

This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad.

I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it!

Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position!

CTID :-D
Dear Bantam76; whilst I love the fact that you think that the T&A broke this story; it was nicked from the national newspapers!!

I share all of your sentiments on Gary Jones though.
[quote][p][bold]Bantam76[/bold] wrote: This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A. This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad. I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it! Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position! CTID :-D[/p][/quote]Dear Bantam76; whilst I love the fact that you think that the T&A broke this story; it was nicked from the national newspapers!! I share all of your sentiments on Gary Jones though. KnightMcCall
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5:06pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Indeed.

One event from the 2nd leg which amazed me was a sprint over 15 yards Jones made just to get a toe to a ball and knock it into touch, the Villa player was closer but had less heart and bottle, he was also about 12 years younger.
Indeed. One event from the 2nd leg which amazed me was a sprint over 15 yards Jones made just to get a toe to a ball and knock it into touch, the Villa player was closer but had less heart and bottle, he was also about 12 years younger. Prisoner Cell Block A
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7:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

piper56 says...

as good as the city team have done this young lad makes you feel its only a game good luck to jake 1st and foremost and city
as good as the city team have done this young lad makes you feel its only a game good luck to jake 1st and foremost and city piper56
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8:53pm Thu 24 Jan 13

beardedclam says...

Whilst i echo the sentiments of every comment on here, it's a shame that the article has been completely plagiarised from top to bottom from the dailymail.

Kathie Griffiths does not seem to mention this anywhere in "her" article, nor is the photographer credited for the photo.

Top bloke though, fantastic gesture for a brave lad. You make Bradford City proud.
Whilst i echo the sentiments of every comment on here, it's a shame that the article has been completely plagiarised from top to bottom from the dailymail. Kathie Griffiths does not seem to mention this anywhere in "her" article, nor is the photographer credited for the photo. Top bloke though, fantastic gesture for a brave lad. You make Bradford City proud. beardedclam
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9:49pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Bantam76 says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Bantam76 wrote:
This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A.

This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad.

I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it!

Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position!

CTID :-D
Dear Bantam76; whilst I love the fact that you think that the T&A broke this story; it was nicked from the national newspapers!!

I share all of your sentiments on Gary Jones though.
Hi KnightMcCall

Haha my bad - thanks for pointing that out, I stand corrected. In my defence, I don't read the tabloids! :-/

He is a top fella though.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam76[/bold] wrote: This is the kind of story that should make the national papers as well as the T & A. This is a man who plays football for a living but also for the love of the sport, not just how much he can get like a lot of the primadonnas in the PL. He is a proper professional footballer, not just by what we've seen here, which is more than amazing by the way, and a moment Jake will NEVER forget, but also by how he conducts himself. He's 35 years old and runs around like a 25 year old most of the time. He is a proper ambassador to the game, and a great example to all the other players in the squad. I really hope that we lift that cup, because Gary deserves it! Well done Gary. Well done City. Can't wait for the rest of the season now, never been prouder of being a City fan, even more so than when we got promoted to the top flight; this is an amazing achievement for a club in our position! CTID :-D[/p][/quote]Dear Bantam76; whilst I love the fact that you think that the T&A broke this story; it was nicked from the national newspapers!! I share all of your sentiments on Gary Jones though.[/p][/quote]Hi KnightMcCall Haha my bad - thanks for pointing that out, I stand corrected. In my defence, I don't read the tabloids! :-/ He is a top fella though. Bantam76
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10:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13

thelastmanstanding says...

What a guy!
What a guy! thelastmanstanding
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11:22pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Sashaboo2005 says...

A top bloke who focused on something far more important than his own celebrations the happiness of this brave young man . People like him give us all hope that mankind still produces kind caring people .
A top bloke who focused on something far more important than his own celebrations the happiness of this brave young man . People like him give us all hope that mankind still produces kind caring people . Sashaboo2005
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7:29pm Fri 25 Jan 13

kitcat2306 says...

Gary jones is the man with the big lad jake tuton well done jake xxx
Gary jones is the man with the big lad jake tuton well done jake xxx kitcat2306
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