A young Accrington Stanley fan put his allegiances to one side as he led out the teams at Ewood Park and was greeted by one of the largest cheers of the afternoon!
Charlie Procter, who is battling a rare form of liver cancer, was a special guest of the club for Rovers’ final home game of the season against Aston Villa.
And it proved to be a day to remember for the brave four-year-old, as well as Tony Mowbray’s men, who secured a vital 1-0 victory thanks to Danny Graham’s superb second-half strike.
Courageous Charlie was invited into the home dressing room before the game, where he was given a Rovers football, which he got signed by all the players – and even added his own signature and a smiley face too!
He was then presented with a personalised and signed shirt by Rovers’ very own Charlie – Charlie Mulgrew – before receiving a rapturous reception from the bumper Ewood crowd as he did laps of honour around the pitchside Rovers crest.
Charlie’s crowning moment then arrived, as he led out the two teams, with a helping hand from referee Geoff Eltringham, before showing the players a clean pair of heels, as he sprinted back off the pitch.
And Charlie was right to be in a rush, as he was then whisked away to the Wham Stadium, where he took centre stage for the second time in one day, as he led out the Accrington Stanley players for the second half of their game against Luton Town.
Sadly for Stanley, they couldn’t repeat Rovers’ feat, as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat.
However, there’s only one result that really matters for Charlie, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma in 2016.
His family are attempting to raise £315,000 to fly Charlie to America, where innovative treatments not available in the UK could significantly improve his chances of survival.