A pre-season Twitter competition instigated by Club Community Liaison Officer Howard Gould culminated in 15 lucky Junior O’s supporters winning the chance to be a flag bearer and the guard of honour at the League Two opening fixture versus Newport County.
Theo’s Gang has been re-launched this season and aims to offer our junior supporters more than ever before, including match-day opportunities such ass the aforementioned flag bearing and now famous half-time penalties against the one and only club mascot, Theo the Wyvern!
The Junior member’s had to email in with their reason why they support the O’s and the response was overwhelming.
“I had a great response”, said Howard, “and I could certainly relate some of the reasons having supported the O’s myself since the age of 10. It’s so important to engage with our young fans as they are the future of the club. Hopefully experiences like this will cement that bond and help to make them life-long fans”.
Mark, whose son and daughter took part, said, “Thank you for making the children’s day so special. They loved being the flag bearers and have had not stopped talking about it. Shame the result did not go our way but hopefully come May we will be going up.”
And Louise, a mum from West Thurrock, said, “Riley and Peyton both absolutely loved it and we’d like to thank this wonderful club for the opportunity”.
So thanks to: Riley Shipton, Peyton Shipton, Nathan Harrison, Matthew Krisman, Cameron Wiseman, Rhiannon Harrison, Maddison Santen, Prudence Hodges, Harry Reilly, Rachel Wiseman, Sibella Hodges, Stanley Whitlock, George Ruffles, Godwin Hodges and Harrison Lewis who all did a wonderful job!
There will be another chance for the Theo’s Gang members to welcome the teams onto the pitch for the game against Crawley Town on Boxing Day so look out for information during the weeks leading up to the match.