Youngest Scottish football superfan, Saturday 30 December 2017.Add to Lightbox Download
Pictured: 9 year old Joshua Holt before the match at the Falkirk Stadium
How many Scottish football fans promise themselves a trip to every senior football ground in the country sometime in their life? Probably the majority when they retire. One such fan who decided to get that milestone ticked off early in his life is nine year old Joshua Holt, from Edinburgh and an Edinburgh City fan, who completed his tour on Saturday 30 December at the Falkirk Stadium when Queen of the South are the visitors. It has taken four years for Joshua, accompanied by his father Kenny, to complete the tour which started off on 31 August 2013 at Ibrox when Rangers took on East Fife. A goal feast was on offer that day as Rangers won 5-0 but Joshua, like most five year olds, was more interested in everything else that accompanies a trip to one of the biggest stadiums in the UK. His father, however, noticed a lot more than the football on the pitch; he had discovered what his football had been missing – a like minded companion. This was their ‘thing’ to do together; father and son; come rain or shine. Not the ‘quality time’ so often quoted as an essential for a parent but real time doing something they both enjoy. A shared experience can build stronger bonds than any amount of treats from father to son. They have travelled over five and a half thousand miles on their long journey and have enjoyed an average 2.9 goals per game. Not a bad return for the commitment they have shown.
Fans on match days have their own rituals, be it their lucky scarf; same bus for away games; or heading to the same seat for home games. Joshua and Kenny go for the four Ps; popcorn, pin badge, programme and pie. Popcorn for the trip to the ground with the programme and pin badges bought from the club shop as a reminder of the visit. The catering is always tested especially on these cold days. For the record Joshua can’t see past a Dunfermline pie but his dad prefers a Ross County haggis p
- Dave Johnston | EdinburghElitemedia.co.uk
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