Blues skipper Paul Robinson had a very special treat for teenage fan Michael McLoughlin after the game against Leeds United – he presented him with a signed captain’s armband.
Michael, aged 14, from Erdington, enjoyed a VIP day out at St Andrew’s with the club’s diamond partner EZE Group on Saturday after being nominated for an EZE Wish by his older sister Danielle, aged 18.
Since his dad died of a rare heart disease seven years ago, Michael has also had to cope with losing three of his grandparents. With very few opportunities to attend games his sister decided a special treat was well deserved.
“Michael has had to adjust to a new lifestyle since dad died and has acted as the ‘man of the house’ by helping everybody out and protecting me, my mum and our nine years old sister Kiera who is also a big Birmingham City fan,” explained Danielle.
Dad would have been so proud
“Michael is passionate about football and the Blues so meeting Paul Robinson and receiving the captain’s arm band has really helped his self esteem.
“Dad would always take us to football matches when we were younger and I know he would have been very proud of Michael and the way he has coped with the loss,” added Danielle.
Hospitality Eze Group style
Michael was able to watch the game unfold from the EZE Group box where he enjoyed full match-day hospitality and afterwards a visit by Blues man of the match Demarai Gray. Even after the game both Demarai and captain Paul Robinson were in touch with Michael via social media sites Twitter and Instagram.
EZE Wishes is an initiative from EZE Group and BCFC which is designed to recognise and reward those amazing Blues fans who have overcome adversity, carried out brilliant work in the community or shown outstanding support for the club over the years.