Junior supporter David Legge met his favourite Blackpool player Colin Daniel in person yesterday, eight months after an accident that left him in a coma.
The 12-year-old, who lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, was invited to Bloomfield Road as a special guest and mascot for the match against Doncaster Rovers, alongside his 15-year-old brother Adam.
Back in August, David suffered a seizure while on holiday with his family in Girona, having fallen off his lilo in the hotel swimming pool. His brother quickly raised the alarm and held him up in the water until help arrived.
The days that followed were anxious ones for his family, who remained by his bedside waiting for him to come out of a coma.
In the meantime, his grandad Bob, who resides in Blackpool, contacted the club to ask if an audio message from his favourite player could be sent over to aid in his recovery. Step forward Colin Daniel, who quickly recorded a get well soon message and sent a personalised shirt for David.
Now back on his feet and playing football again, David was welcomed into the Blackpool dressing room yesterday afternoon by Colin, the rest of the squad and manager Gary Bowyer, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with him and his brother.
The pair then walked out onto the pitch with Colin and watched him score his fourth goal of the season.
"It was great to finally meet David and his family, and I'm really pleased to see that he's fit and well again. I've been kept up-to-date with his progress by the club ever since the accident," Colin Daniel said.
"Though the result didn't go our way against Doncaster, I hope that him and Adam really enjoyed the experience of meeting the lads and walking out at Bloomfield Road."