Brave jake to lead his Bradford City heroes out at final

Jake Turton, aged nine, has battled back from cancer and is Bradford  City's mascot at Wembley
Jake Turton, aged nine, has battled back from cancer and is Bradford City's mascot at Wembley

A brave nine-year-old from Northowram will realise his dream tomorrow when leads his Bradford City heroes out at Wembley for the Capital One Cup final.

Superfan Jake Turton has been asked to be the Bantams’ mascot for the clash against Premier League club Swansea City - after a Facebook campaign urged football chiefs to choose him.

Jake, of Yarborough Croft, is now two-and-a-half years in remission from a brain tumour, which he was diagnosed with at the age of six.

Thousands of well-wishers backed him as mascot on Facebook after Bradford skipper Gary Jones gave him a kiss and his shirt at the end of the club’s semi-final win against Aston Villa last month.

Jake’s mum Cath said: “He’s a massive fan. He’s had a season ticket for a few years now. It should be a great game. I think I’m going to have to have my pockets stuffed with tissues. I don’t think Jake realises the scale of it. I think he’s imagining it to be like going to a Bradford City game.”

Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of six in 2009, and tumours had also spread down his spine.

He had a ten-hour operation to remove the tumour on his brain at Leeds General Infirmary - but immediately fell into a coma-like state called posterior fossa syndrome, rendering him unable to move or communicate for months. He went on to have intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has now been all-clear for two-and-a-half years. Proud Cath added: “He doesn’t feel sorry for himself. I don’t think he remembers much about before - three years is a long time at that age. But he just gets on with it, to the best of his ability.”