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Dream Day For Young PNE Fan

31 August 2017

Charlie Rooney was a special visitor at Springfields on Wednesday after winning our Generation Deepdale competition.

The competition was open to all U11s and was available to enter via the season ticket leaflets that were distributed throughout the local area and schools during the summer.

The children were asked to draw a picture that showed just what Preston North End meant to them, and after a shortlist of four was put together, we asked the fans on Twitter to vote for their favourite.

With 42% of the vote, six-year-old Charlie Rooney was the winner, and was rewarded with a trip to the training ground and a mascot package for a first team game of his choice!

Charlie enjoyed the first part of his prize on Wednesday when he made a trip to the first team training ground to have a look around and meet manager Alex Neil and his heroes.

After a tour around the facilities, Charlie watched on as the squad finished their gym session before meeting the players individually.

Charlie was presented with a football to get signed by the players, and the youngster, who was sporting this season's green goalkeeper top, was delighted to receive three pairs of goalkeeper gloves from the North End 'keepers.

Chris Maxwell, Charlie's favourite player, gave the young fan a pair of his gloves which he signed, as did fellow goalkeepers Declan Rudd and Mathew Hudson.

The smile on his face throughout the visit showed just how much it meant to the young boy, and he will be back to see his new friends when he is mascot for the Cardiff City game at Deepdale.

On the visit, Charlie said: "The training ground was better than Iexpected and I couldn't believe that I was lucky enough getting as many gloves as I did.

"My favourite bit was talking to Alex Neil, Maxwell and DJ but all the players were really nice to me too. It was the best day ever and I can't wait now for the Cardiff game."

Charlie attended the training ground with his mum Mel, who added: "For me, yesterday was brilliant. Watching Charlie's love for the club grow from his first game at the age of three to now is what it's all about for me."

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