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Sam Set For Two Trips To Wembley

8 February 2016

Sam's two trips to Wembley

Young Oxford United supporter Sam Soanes is set for a day he will never forget thanks to the U’s and the FA.

Sam is an #Ox4Life season ticket holder who suffers from Cerebral Palsy but does not let that get in the way of his support for the U’s. 

Earlier in the season his mum Gina contacted the club to ask if we could send a message to help him ahead of an operation. Forward Callum O’Dowda saw that tweet and went round to visit Sam at home, inviting him to a training session and to have a kick about on the pitch at the Kassam Stadium.

Now Sam is off to Wembley twice. When the FA contacted the club to offer a young fan the chance to lead the teams out at one of this season’s FA Cup semi-finals we surprised Sam at half time the other week, inviting him out on the pitch to be told that we would like him to represent the club. It means that he and his family will be going to Wembley twice.

Supporters Services Manager Sarah Gooding said:

“Sam is a fantastic lad who has had to go through a lot but stays so positive and cheerful. He deserves the chance to go to the FA Cup semi-final and that will be an unbelievable experience. Every Oxford fan will be there for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, but Sam will get the opportunity to go there in the FA Cup as well.”

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