PICTURED are members of Glossop North End Juniors under-nines team who had the honour of being mascots for Glossop North End’s opening friendly of the pre-season campaign against Curzon Ashton at Surrey Street last Saturday.
The juniors, coached by ex-Hillmen player Brian Valentine, had been able to buy a new kit, and decided that they should match their senior peers by wearing the clubs special 125 year celebration strip for the upcoming season.
Before the game, Brian said: “Once we knew that the Glossop team was going to be wearing the black and white strip, so it was an easy decision to decide what the boys were going to have.
“They were so excited about being here today. So few lads make it to the big leagues, but playing for Glossop North End is a goal that all of them can have and achieve and we try and get that through to them in coaching sessions. Lads like Sam Hind, who played for Glossop since he was their age, are their heroes as they are the players they see in the flesh.”
He added: “We’re so grateful to our sponsors Edmondson Electrics from Oldham, who agreed to put up the funding for the kit for the year.”
The Hillmen allow Glossop Juniors players into their home league games for free, and will continue to do so in the upcoming season. Football Secretary Stewart Taylor said: “We love seeing the boys and girls from Glossop Juniors on match days. They are the players and supporters of the future, and it’s great that we can offer the registered juniors somewhere to go on a Saturday afternoon. Hopefully they will be here in their usual numbers come the first game of the season on August 6.”