A couple of weeks ago we received this email from a fan:
My name is Charlie Johnson and I am 12 years old. I have heard that in order to become a ball boy you need to be in the Oxford United youth team. Sadly being my childhood club I have wanted to join the youth team, football being my life and all.
Unfortunately I have a heart condition called long q t and it stops me from being able to try and become a footballer. So sadly I would not be able to become a ball boy. But I think it is bad that I can't be one just because I can't join the youth team. I mean I know lots of other children would love to have this opportunity but they have advantages being able to play football which is a childhood dream of mine but to my expense I cannot so could you please ask someone or try and sort out for me if I could become a ball boy.
Thank you very much,
So we invited Charlie in for a tour behind the scenes ahead of the Oldham Athletic game…
Today we received this email from Charlie’s Dad:
“Many thanks from myself and my wife for really making Charlie’s day on Saturday he had a fantastic time and hasn't stopped going on about it. Please pass on our thanks to all involved on the day.
In our opinion there is not a better family club in the league so well done to everyone.
And then this one from Charlie himself:
I would just like to say thank you for the experience it was literally the best day of my life. Well that and when Oxford beat Wycombe 3-0. I loved every single moment of it and also thank you for the kit. How to say this without being cheeky. But I would love to become a regular it was great is there any chance I can come on boxing day? (:
We are pleased to say that Charlie is now officially part of the Ball Boy team and has been invited to join us for any game he likes.