It’s close to four years since Daniel last played football, a game he loved dearly, and almost three years since he passed away. In our memories he will forever be thirteen, but as we look at those who were his good friends we can imagine the boy he might be and what he would be doing.
Tonight, in less than half an hours time, those friends and his team will be running out for a county final. They’ll be watched by their many supporters and by Daniel’s mum and dad. These boys have never forgotten Daniel and tonight I’ve little doubt as they run out onto the field an extra man will be among them. Perhaps no one will see him, but that time the opposition lose the ball unexpectedly, or trip, or kick a wide I’m sure Dan’s mum and dad will smile and think, ‘That’s my boy.’
Best of luck lads. And Daniel behave, and enjoy a special night with your team.
Photo credit Howard Crowdy.