Barnsley Football Club is delighted to announce that Alfie Ledgeway and Aalish Naylor are our two Wembley mascots and will lead out the team for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final!
Alfie, aged four, has had quite a year following his first trip to Oakwell for our game against Burton Albion back in August. It was at this game where he first met Alfie Mawson (Big Alfie) and has gone on to form a great friendship with the Reds defender who now regularly visits him at home and in hospital, as the young Red continues to battle illness. Little Alfie has already undergone more than ten operations to help treat chiari malformation, a spinal chord cavity, and a failed kidney. Find out more about Little Alfie’s journey by clicking here
Our other Wembley mascot Aalish, aged six, has also gained a new friend this season in Conor Hourihane! Aalish attends every home game with her family in the West Stand and the Reds Captain recently paid her a surprise visit at home as she recovers from cancer treatment. Aalish been diagnosed with a rare cancer in children called Neuroblastoma and continues to battle the illness which affects just 100 children a year. Find out more about Aalish’s journey by clicking here
The bravery and courage shown by both Alfie and Aalish throughout their fights with illness is an inspiration to us all, and we are honoured to have them representing the Club as mascots and leading out the team in what will be a very proud moment for both their families.
From everyone at Barnsley Football Club we look forward to seeing you at Wembley on Sunday and we hope that you both have a magical day! Please give them both a big round of applause as they take centre stage and lead out the Super Reds!