Barnsley Football Club are deeply saddened to learn that eight-year-old Aalish Naylor has passed away.
Aalish, a much loved and well-known figure amongst the Barnsley fanbase and throughout the town, was battling neuroblastoma. She was a mascot both at Oakwell and for matches away from home during previous years. Fondly thought of by the fans, staff and players of the Club, she sparked up a special friendship with former Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane and most recently George Moncur.
Aalish’s smile could light up a dark room, she was cherished by all connected to the Club and everyone is deeply saddened to learn she is no longer with us.
Aalish’s mum Jo Naylor said: “Aalish was fantastic. She was outgoing, friendly, she loved her school and her friends. She had a lovely following of people and I hope that continues. I have had some beautiful messages, and although it doesn’t make it better, it makes us feel that we were supported and that she was loved."
Rest in peace Aalish, Once a Red, Always a Red.