Bri­tain’s pushi­est dad ( and hap­less goalie son! ) gets 25m fans

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By James Heale

IT’S just eight sec­onds long, but the clip of a fa­ther push­ing his goal­keeper son to make a div­ing save in a ju­nior foot­ball match has set the in­ter­net alight.

Phone footage of Phil Hat­field’s in­stinc­tive act to nudge six-year-old Osian into the path of a goal-bound shot had been seen an as­ton­ish­ing 25 mil­lion times by last night.

And the footage has also pro­vided an un­ex­pected boost for Osian Osian’s s team, Bow Street Mag­pies. The young­sters, based in Aberys­t­wyth, have re­ceived spon­sor­ship of­fers, in­clud­ing free goal­keeper gloves for Osian, and the prospect of meet­ing the Welsh foot­ball team and man­ager Ryan Giggs.

Plumber’s mer­chant Mr Hat­field, 35, told the MoS: ‘We never ex­pected this at all. Ap­par­ently, there have been things from In­dia, from Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, Amer­ica, it’s been quite in­cred­i­ble.’

De­spite Osian’s timely fall into the path of the ball dur­ing his goal­keep­ing de­but, Mr Hat­field’s ef­fort was in vain as the Mag­pies con- ceded dd the h re­bound b and ended up draw­ing 2-2 with Llani­lar.

The fa­ther-of-two in­sisted: ‘It was just me guid­ing him re­ally, it wasn’t as if I threw him to the floor on the ball. Some of the com­ments on­line were a bit mean but we ig­nore them. It’s been gen­er­ally pos­i­tive.’

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Hat­field, all the chil­dren in the team have loved the pub­lic­ity, with Osian, who started play­ing foot­ball only six weeks ago, keen to get back on the pitch. ‘He does want to have an­other go in goal – I be­lieve some­one has of­fered to send him some goal­keeper gloves so that’ll be good. He just wants to play, he re­ally en­joys it.’

‘ JUST GUID­ING HIM’: Young Osian Hat­field is pay­ing no at­ten­tion to the game as strik­ers aad­vance, so dad Phil gives him a shove (1), send­ing him sprawl­ing right into the path of the o on­com­ing ball (2). But an op­po­nent then nets the re­bound (3). Left: Dad and son back at home 1



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