My favourite player: 12-year-old Raegan-Lea Mellor on ‘really good’ Jermaine Johnson

It could be a moment on the field, or an anecdote from off it, but everyone has a footballer that means something just a little bit special to them.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 5:30 pm

In the second of our ‘My Favourite Player’ series asking you, Wednesday fans, to tell us the stories of which Owls player you believe to be truly special, 12-year-old Raegan-Lea Mellor explains how a few acts of kindness by Jermaine Johnson have set him apart.

“I have followed Sheffield Wednesday since I was a baby and I even went to the Wembley play-off final against Hull,” she writes.

“My favourite player ever is Jermaine Johnson. He was a really good player he always knew the understanding of what was happening.”

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Jermaine Johnson has kept in touch with the Mellor family after leaving Sheffield Wednesday in 2014.

Johnson left Wednesday in 2014 having made nearly 250 appearances for the Owls. And having met the Mellor family during his time in Sheffield, he’s taken the time to keep in touch.

“Whenever he saw me he always took the time to say hello,” said Raegan-Lea. “My dad and I follow him on Twitter and since I play football myself he always asks how I’m getting on and he says I am going to be a superstar player.

“He even gave me his shirt once after a match which I will never forget, I also remember when I was little I had a clock made from a picture of me and him together which was like treasure to me.”

In part one of the series, read South Africa-based Wednesdayite Joe Crann explain how a Benito Carbone overhead kick sparked a lifelong obsession HERE.

Johnson played nearly 250 times for the Owls across seven years.