Soccer mascot Peter has day to remember at Spalding United

PERFECT DAY: Spalding United's young mascot Peter Bailey with club chairman Andy Gay.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
PERFECT DAY: Spalding United's young mascot Peter Bailey with club chairman Andy Gay. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A young soccer fan has memories for a lifetime after spending a day with his heroes at Spalding United Football Club.

Peter Bailey (nine), a pupil at Gosberton House School, was treated like royalty at the Tulips’ game against Staffordshire side Newcastle Town on Saturday for which he was the mascot.

After meeting both teams’ players, Peter also presented the man of the match award to Spalding United’s Jordan Lemon.

Peter’s nan, Jo Bailey said: “We first took him to see Spalding United in April last year when we thought he was ready to go and actually watch a football match.

“Peter’s been a Spalding United fan for about a year now and I put a post on social media to ask if anyone could help getting him a football shirt from the club.

“(Club secretary) Louise Mablethorpe got in touch and arranged for Peter to be a mascot on Saturday.

Peter Bailey on his special day as mascot for Spalding United against Newcastle Town, with Tulips chairman Andy Gay.
Photo by Tim Wilson.

Peter Bailey on his special day as mascot for Spalding United against Newcastle Town, with Tulips chairman Andy Gay. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“He was presented with a shirt, hat, scarf and badge on the day and Peter was very happy to be there.”

The goodwill between Peter, who is autistic, and Spalding United was a two-way thing after the youngster sold some of his toys and computer games to raise about £45 for the club after a spate of break-ins and vandalism.

Jo said: “The club chairman, Andy Gay, was really happy when Peter handed over the money he’d raised and he’ll be going to every single match he possibly can from now on.”

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Peter’s been a Spalding United fan for about a year now and he was presented with a shirt, hat, scarf and badge

Jo Bailey, nan of Peter Bailey, mascot for Spalding United Football Club