Halifax Town boss Aspin gives play-off winner’s medal to ‘delighted’ fan

Adam Heslop (front) with dad Stephen, brother Joshua, 12, and mum Samantha at FC Halifax Town v Guiseley in the West Riding County Cup final at Valley Parade.
Adam Heslop (front) with dad Stephen, brother Joshua, 12, and mum Samantha at FC Halifax Town v Guiseley in the West Riding County Cup final at Valley Parade.
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An FC Halifax Town fan has been given a special memento from the club’s play-off final win last Sunday - manager Neil Aspin’s winner’s medal.

Adam Heslop, 19, from Highroad Well, who has a rare genetic condition called Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, which affects muscle control, has become a popular figure around the club with players and staff.

After Town’s 1-0 win at Brackley in the Conference North play-off final, Aspin spotted Adam in the crowd and handed him his medal.

Adam’s mum Samanatha said: “I couldn’t believe it. Ian Helliwell, the kit man, gave him a big hug and then Neil came running over with the assistant manager.

“Adam was absolutely delighted. All the players came over to see him as well.

“It’s hung up in his bedroom.

“Afterwards, Adam said ‘that’s the best day of my life’. We didn’t expect it in a million years.”

The Town boss said he regularly speaks to Adam at Halifax matches and the medal is something he can cherish.

He said: “All the players think it’s marvellous that he comes to all the games.

“I’ve spoke to him a lot this season and his mum and dad, and his brother comes to the games as well.

“I felt it would be something he’d cherish a lot more. It’s a lot better for him to have it than me.

“I get the satisfaction from getting the promotion, but for him it’s something he can remember.

“I knew he was going to the game but I didn’t know where he was. But somebody said he was behind the goal so I thought it would be nice to give him it.”