Josh Conlon from Ardee won’t forget last weekend in a hurry, that’s for sure.
The Square United Under 12s player took to the field at Goodison Park at half time of Everton’s 4-0 over Manchester City in the Premier League, doing drills and playing mini-matches with other participants from the Everton in the Community, the club run-community scheme of which Square are a partner.
While Josh is a Liverpool fan – he lives in a house of split loyalties with a Pool supporting Dad Shane and mum Lisa, who is a lifelong Everton fan – his weekend was made even more special the day after when he was travelling home to Ardee.
After meeting Everton right back and Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman at Liverpool airport, the family then boarded the plane to find they were sitting beside the Donegal man all the way back to Dublin. “He was a very nice fella,” Lisa told ThisIsArdee.ie.
Among those also taking part in the half-time training session at Goodison was Bradley Lowery, the terminally ill Sunderland fan who captured the hearts of football fans worldwide when he was a mascot for the Black Cats’ recent game with Chelsea.
On Sunday, he was a special guest of Everton for the visit of Man City and he was out on the pitch with stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry prior to the game.