Jobe will lead the Fax back onto Shay pitch

Jobe Wilby, eight, will be the mascot for Fax at The Shay on Sunday
Jobe Wilby, eight, will be the mascot for Fax at The Shay on Sunday
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Halifax RLFC players run out onto the Shay pitch on Sunday for the first time in nearly two months - and eight-year-old Jobe Wilby will be joining them.

He is mascot for the match against Whitehaven at which a bumper crowd is expected.

The club has dubbed the Shay return which follows repair work to the pitch as “The Big Apple” and paying spectators have the chance to win a weekend trip to New York for two people.

Jobe’s mum Genelle Wilkinson, 31, of Oak Terrace, Sowerby Bridge, said her sports-mad youngster can’t wait.

“He is really excited and is looking forward to running out onto the pitch - he is a bit of a showman!” she said.

Jobe, a pupil of Sacred Heart School, Sowerby, plays for Old Rishworthians RUFC.

Sunday’s entertainment starts at noon in the East Stand car park. There will be a barbecue and local band International Party Doctors play live in the car park before the match.

Championship sponsors Kingstone Press Cider will also have the drink on sale for the first time at the ground.