Young football fan Jordan Roberts has had plenty of ups and downs during a long illness but just the mention Perth Glory to the brave 11 year old and you’re sure to receive a huge smile.
Young football fan Jordan Roberts has had plenty of ups and downs during a long illness but just the mention Perth Glory to the brave 11 year old and you-re sure to receive a huge smile.
Jordan-s passion for Perth Glory is second to none and was recently invited to attend a training session to see his favourite players as they prepared for another big Hyundai A-League clash.
Following training he met the team and much to his delight was presented with his very own playing shirt by Jamie Harnwell and given the honorary title of Perth Glory-s ‘Number One Junior Ticket Holder-.
“Jordan is a very brave kid,” said Harnwell.
“He faces plenty of battles in his own life and we-re delighted that coming along to the games to see us play gives him something to look forward to each week,” Harnwell said.
Jordan and his family have supported the club for many years and despite his illness the Gosnells youngster comes to every match to cheer on his beloved Glory.
“He loves the club and you can see that he really enjoyed having a run around with the boys. He was even going in for some tackles despite having a broken arm!” Harnwell added.
The youngster didn-t let his latest mishap slow him down at training and even had the team sign his ‘purple- cast.
“I asked the doctor for an orange stripe down the middle, but they had run out of that colour, so it-s all purple,” said Jordan proudly.
Jordan was joined by twin brother Michael at training who acted as a very enthusiastic ball boy throughout the session.
Both Jordan and Michael have had their fair share of struggles since birth. Michael required major heart surgery as an infant but has recovered fully while his closest friend and twin, Jordan, has endured a mystery illness for the last eight years.
“It-s always a highlight going to games and a welcome distraction for Jordan from all his hospital visits and tests. He is so excited about being the number one junior ticket holder and no doubt he-ll be telling everyone he sees,” said proud mum Frances Roberts.
“The boys have been members of Glory for most of their lives and they love playing and watching football,” Mrs Roberts said.
The entire Roberts family are passionate footballers, their oldest son Daniel, 26 years, plays in the Australian army team, while 21 year old Christopher, turns out each week for local club Southern Force.