Hull City’s FA Cup dream may have come to an end – but for one Sheffield youngster a new one could be just beginning.
Joseph Hadfield, aged 15, was chosen by BT Sport ahead of almost 8,000 other hopefuls to be its Young FA Cup presenter of 2014 – which meant interviewing former England international Michael Owen at Wembley as part of the broadcaster’s FA Cup final coverage on Saturday,.
The Yewlands Technology College student, of Tunwell Drive, Ecclesfield, won the national competition run by BT Sport and even got to watch Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Hull City in extra time from a directors’ box at Wembley.
Sheffield United fan Joseph, who hopes to have a broadcasting career, met a host of football legends including former England stars David James and Rio Ferdinand and former Blades manager Neil Warnock.
During his piece, he asked Michael Owen: “One of the teams of the season in this year’s FA Cup are my team, Sheffield United. Do you think there are still giant-killers?”
Owen said: “I definitely do. Last year Wigan won the trophy and got relegated in the same year and Sheffield United have done plenty of that this year.”
Mum Diane Hadfield said: “I’m extremely proud. He was absolutely brilliant and took it all in his stride.
“It’s what he wants to do when he leaves school and he loved it. The whole family is so proud.”
Joseph said: “It’s been a dream. Meeting Michael, David Ginola, Ian Wright, just to name a few, going to this historic, yet new ground, it’s amazing and I can’t thank my best friends, my family and everyone here who has helped with this enough. I will never ever get anything like this again so I’m just so glad that it’s happened.”
Stephen Cook, of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport has always been about legacies and about giving young kids a chance and a cracking opportunity and support for their future careers. We would like to do it again.”
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