Brave Jake will be one of mascots leading Bradford City out at Wembley (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Brave Jake will be one of mascots leading Bradford City out at Wembley
2:48pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in Capital One Cup Final – Bradford City v Swansea
It was confirmed today that bave brain tumour survivor Jake Turton, nine, will lead his Bantam heroes out at Wembley for the final on Sunday, February 24.
He will be one of two official club mascots after the club won special dispensation from the Football League.
Jake, of Northowram, got thousands of well-wishers behind him on Facebook wanting him to do the honours after Bradford skipper Gary Jones gave him his shirt at the end of the club’s semi-final triumph at Aston Villa last month.
The other mascot will another courageous Bradford boy, 12-year-old Ryan Siddall.
Ryan, of Buttershaw, was born with a renal condition and is only alive because his father donated a kidney for transplant back in 2006.
Bradford City had to get special permission from the Football League to break with tradition and have two mascots at the final. After some deliberation, the Football League granted the request.
Jake has already led the team out once – when Bradford played Villa at Valley Parade in the semi-final first leg but it will be the first time for Ryan, who won a gold in the British Transplant Games last year in table tennis and got a bronze in the ball-throw competition.