Fin­lay scores meet­ing with au­thor and foot­ball man­ager

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today - By Ana Da Silva

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.

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