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Hero Day at Ashton Gate

Posted: Fri 09 Nov 2012
Author: Adam Baker
Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday for Charlton game.

Sunday will be Hero Day at Ashton Gate.

City and Charlton Athletic go head-to-head in BS3 on November 11th - but it's also Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

As everyone pauses to remember the sacrifices made by service men and women, both past and present, the club would also like to acknowledge those who for a whole variety of different reasons are heroes in the eyes of those who know them best.

The club asked supporters to nominate their own heroes, and before kick-off on Sunday they will be introduced on to the pitch at Ashton Gate. They include:

Joseph Holly: nominated by his daughter Amanda:

He really is a hero to me and my siblings. He worked 12 hour days to provide for us. He has never spent a penny on himself and I feel tearful when I think of all he sacrificed. When people are ill he visits them and takes gifts. We have never been rich, but I know I am richer than a millionaire, as our family has the best love and care from my Dad.

Terrianne and Aaron Weare: nominated by their mother, Anita:

Back in April my Dad was diagnosed with an aneurism. Two days before he was due to have it repaired he suffered a heart attack. Two weeks after my dad was sent home my Mum was admitted to hospital. Aaron became Dad's carer whilst we were at work.  Terrianne visited the hospital during her lunch.  They are my rocks.

David Trotter: nominated by his father, also called David:

David is a keen city fan. He is in the  RAF regiment,  and has done a tour in Afghan and Iraq, and is due  to go back to Afghanistan at the end of the month.  He is based in Suffolk but when he visits me he attends City home games, and joins me in the Dolman.

Buster Footman: Nominated by Bristol City Football Club.

Sixteen years as physio at Ashton Gate, Buster was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer a few years ago. He has not let his own health problems get in the way of his charity fund-raising. He’s walked from Land’s End to Southend, from Barnstaple to Wraxall, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.  He’s a regular collector for the Poppy appeal.

Chloe and Jack: Nominated by Louise Ellis

Chloe and Jack are twins and are both avid Bristol City fans.  They have cerebral palsy and other complex health needs and learning disabilities.  Both children love watching football, especially Bristol City. 

Lawrence Banks: Nominated by his grandson and Charlton fan Graham

My granddad died last month. He was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. Though not in the best of health, he would always ask me how Charlton had played over the weekend. He and my father took me to my first Charlton game in 1983 and I've remained hooked ever since. He took my father and uncle to their first games and is the reason why the whole family support Charlton.

City's players will be wearing poppies on their shirts, and there will be a minute's silence before kick-off.