WHATEVER the outcome of Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final, one young member of the travelling Red and White Army will leave Wembley happy.
Nine-year-old Joseph Williams supports the Black Cats and Manchester City, and was ecstatic when Vito Manone’s save in the semi-final penalty shoot-out set up his dream final.
Joseph, of Vicarage Close in Silksworth, developed a soft spot for the 2012 Premier League champions after escorting City’s Vincent Kompany onto the pitch before Belgium’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.
“Kompany is one of Joseph’s favourite players,” explained dad Darren, 41. “He is also a huge fan of Sergio Aguero so he decided to support City.”
Faced with the difficult decision of who to choose in the final, Joseph’s mother Lyndsey, also 41, suggested making a half and half shirt. This became a reality thanks to Sew Fancy on Villette Road and will be seen amongst the 31,500 Sunderland fans in the stadium.
“Joseph will be wearing the shirt to the game,” said TalkTalk worker Darren. “We’re all Sunderland fans in the family but I’m happy for him to wear the shirt as I supported Coventry City as well as Sunderland in the 80s.”
The reaction to the shirt has been positive from Darren’s friends, which he feels reflects the spirit of the game. He said: “It’s been great. It portrays what the game should be all about, the excitement of the occasion and a good natured rivalry.”
Joseph, who attends St Leonard’s R C Primary, managed to get another taste of being a mascot in the recent Premier League game with Hull City. He won a competition with Barclays and walked out with the referees.
The Farringdon Detached FC player and his dad are season ticket holders at the Stadium of Light and arrive in London on Saturday morning. They are in a hopeful mood ahead of the game as Darren explains: “I will take any old 1-0, just as long as we don’t get our hearts broken by being stuffed five or six nil.”