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City fans 'wish upon a star'

  • 26 February 2010 14:09
  • Posted by Damaris Treasure

Manchester City’s Carrington training ground played host to a very special trio of Blues fans this week.

Johnathon McCole, Robert Wilson and Alan Yates all met the squad as part of City’s ‘Star Days’ project which works with ‘wish’ charities to make dreams come true for those with life-limiting illnesses.

Stockport-based Robert, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said:  "It’s just been unbelievable, being here and seeing the players close up, and how nice and friendly they are.”

Seventeen-year-old Johnathon, who lives in Rochdale, also spent a dream day with his heroes. Johnathon, who is severely disabled and communicates by typing, “eats, drinks and sleeps MCFC”.

The third of the visiting trio, 69-year-old father of three Alan Yates, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November. Already an avid fundraiser, he has since held numerous events – from cabaret nights to car-boot sales – for various charities including Children in Need and Manchester City FC’s own nominated charity, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Alan told the website: "I’ve been a city supporter for 50 years and never thought I’d meet the players. I’ve got photographs and signatures, I’ve watched them train. What more could you ask for?"

Alan’s next fundraising evening will be on March 5 at Denton Cricket Club. Tickets are available from the venue.

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