Bed-bound Sheffield United fan’s Wembley woe

Teenage Blades fan Jonathan Roberts, who is missing out on Wembley after rupturing his kidney. Sheffield United gave him a personalised, signed shirt.
Teenage Blades fan Jonathan Roberts, who is missing out on Wembley after rupturing his kidney. Sheffield United gave him a personalised, signed shirt.

A BED-BOUND teenager has vowed to cheer on his beloved Sheffield United in their promotion battle from his hospital ward.

Teenager and lifelong Blades fan Jonathan Roberts is missing out on his team’s big day out at Wembley after rupturing his kidney while playing rounders at school.

Jonathan, 13, was devastated to discover he would be missing out on the big match after being admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The youngster, from Halfway, had already purchased his tickets for the League One play-off final against Huddersfield Town and booked his place on a coach for the journey down to the national stadium.

After hearing of his plight, hospital staff contacted United bosses to arrange a surprise for the Eckington School pupil and the club surprised him with a new, personalised signed shirt.

Jonathan, a Junior Blade, said: “I was so gutted when I realised I wouldn’t be able to go to Wembley. I couldn’t believe my luck - I only thought I’d cracked a rib but it turns out I damaged a lot more.

“When I was given the signed shirt I was so shocked, I had no idea. It’s one of next season’s and has details of the Wembley game printed on the front of it and my name and everything, and it’s signed by my favourite player Matt Lowton.

“Having the shirt has definitely made up for not going to the match, not many other people will have a shirt like mine. I’m going to watch it in hospital with my family instead; I can’t wait, Up the Blades!”

Dave McCarthy, managing director at Sheffield United, said: “When we heard about Jonathan’s plight we wanted to do something to make sure he did not miss out on the Blades being at Wembley.”

A spokeswoman for Sheffield Children’s Hospital said: “We’re going to have the match on the television on Saturday.

“As well as Jonathan we’ve got a few nurses who are fans and want to keep track of the result.”

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