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Danny Boy Hero's visit to the U's

BBC drama highlights the importance of looking after each other and mental health

13 May 2021

Last night saw the premiere of 'Danny Boy' on BBC TV.

The drama told the story of Brian Wood: ‘Woody’ was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq.
 
During a 16-year military career Brian led British troops across the full spectrum of battle from training to fighting; from operations in the Balkans to high intensity combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. But one of his biggest battles, as documented last night, came in the courtroom.
 
Fans watching last night may remember that 'Woody' was our guest earlier in the season, telling his amazing story and joining in training while talking to the players and staff about the importance of good mental health. His message has been an inspiration throughout the season.
 
He told us
 
“So many of the core values are the same in the military and in football: discipline, training and comradeship. The players here clearly have a very special bond and I just talked to them about my experiences and about sticking together through some pretty tough times.”
 
Karl Robinson said
 
“He’s an amazing character and he had the lads’ full attention for what was an inspiring talk. He has led troops into some fierce situations and he has also had to overcome some very difficult times where mental health and being able to talk to people and open up are so important.
 
"So I wanted the players to hear his story and to maybe go away and think about the core values that we have here and what drives us forward as a group.
 
"What he said that day has stayed with us and it was great to see his story reaching a wider audience last night"
 
See the day in the video above.
 
Read Woody’s full story RIGHT HERE
 
 

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