A Bolton Wanderers fan was greeted with a massive surprise ahead of the Papa Johns Trophy final at Wembley today, Sunday.
Working as a community coach at Bolton Wanderers in the Community (BWITC), Jordan Hookway does a lot for his fellow Boltonians.
Jordan, from Walkden, delivers Ability Counts football coaching sessions for residents with disabilities as part of his role at the charity, which he initially joined five years ago as a volunteer.
He has had personal health problems though and last year he had to have his bowel removed due to undiagnosed Crohn’s disease.
He has persisted in his role, however, despite the difficulties with fatigue he has suffered after the operation.
As a reward for his dedication, the English Football League (EFL) has given Jordan two tickets to the final against Plymouth Argyle today, as well as a pre-match tour of Wembley stadium.
Legendary former Wanderers striker Kevin Davies visited Jordan to present him with the tickets earlier this week, organised by the EFL.
Jordan said: “I do adult Ability Counts at the Bolton Arena, a football group for people with special educational needs and disabilities.
“I was coaching on Monday and a film crew came and asked if they could film the sessions, I said it was fine as long as we checked with the players parents.
“But then with 10 minutes to go, a whole camera crew came, with Kevin Davies.
“You can see my face drop on the video, I never expected in a million years to see my childhood hero come onto the pitch to see me.”
He added: “I realised when he said to me 'how have you been' that something was going on to do with the final.
“Then he handed me the tickets, I just couldn’t get my head around it. I just see it as my job, but it’s really nice I’ve got a reward for it.”
Jordan has been continuing in his role while recovering from the operations he underwent last year.
He said: “The pain started around May to June time last year, by the end of it I could barely walk. The doctors initially told me it was an injury to my hip flexor I’d picked up playing football.
“But it turned out it was a bowel perforation from undiagnosed Crohn’s disease. I almost died.
“They had to do an emergency operation to remove the infected abscess which had perforated my bowel.”
Another operation followed and Jordan was allowed to return home, but he still suffers from fatigue after the operation, which is an expected side effect.
Everyone at The Bolton News hopes you have a great day at Wembley Jordan.