Finlay scores meeting with author and football manager
A FOOTBALL-MAD youngster got the chance to meet an author whose books about the beautiful game have inspired him to read.
Finlay Sangster, 12, from Stonehaven, has Cerebral Palsy and is a fan of the Jamie Johnson series by Dan Freedman – and yesterday he met the writer, along with former Dons and Scotland manager Craig Brown, at Pittodrie.
The Mill O’forest pupil and Rangers FC fan was given the first of the books – which follows young footballer Jamie as he aims to become one of the game’s biggest stars – as a present and quickly became a devotee.
His mum Gail Sangster said he loved the book so much the others were soon on his wish list for Christmases and birthdays.
She said: “Finlay has a few issues with his eye muscles so scanning pages and keeping track of what he is reading can be incredibly hard and very tiring for him. He thoroughly enjoys reading but accessing books can also be a challenge, as he needs help to turn the pages and hold a book in a good position
“So he tweeted Dan to ask if he knew when the audiobooks for the series would be out. Dan replied back and said he was working on it and to tweet him back in six months.”
Mr Freedman was inspired by Finlay’s story and sent a letter to Mr Brown, whose daughter is a teacher and uses the Jamie Johnson series to encourage children who are struggling with reading, to arrange a meeting with the youngster.
Dan said: “It’s very inspiring to know when I am writing to think that someone like Finlay is enjoying the series.
“It is not an overstatement to say it makes all the hard work of writing the books worth it. To know that Finlay is enjoying the books is hugely rewarding and inspirational.”
Mr Brown said: “I have been incredibly moved by Finlay’s story.
“Finlay is a passionate football fan and loves to read so I thought I could combine his pleasures by inviting him to Pittodrie so he could meet Dan and I. I hope this makes one boy who has overcome a great deal very happy.”
It makes all the hard work of writing the books worth it
Team: Finlay Sangster with Craig Brown and Dan Freedman at Pittodrie.