In these times, a story that shows that people can still be decent,and good to one another can be very moving. My admiration goes out to the management and players of Rochdale FC, who won 2-1 tonight away to Hartlepool United in the last group game of the Checkatrade Trophy, whatever that is.
Dale announced seven substitutes but only had six sat upon their bench, the missing member of their team being their no. 55, Joshua McCormack. Joshua is a five year old boy who has an inoperable brain tumour. He has been a team mascot once already this season, but tonight Rochdale went one further. Though he was too ill to be there, Joshua was in the team, and his shirt was on the bench to represent him.
And when Dale scored the opening goal, the side’s celebration was to congregate on the bench, to catch up the no 55 shirt and show it to the sparse crowd.
That we are still capable of incredible kindnesses like that is a very necessary reminder in this new world of unknowingness in which we now stand. To all of you at Rochdale, I don’t know how to say thank you for what you’ve done but I do know that your karma has shot sky high for this.