Bradley Lowery may have been only six when his life sadly ended on Friday – but what a life.

BBC Sport 7 July 2017:

‘Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, whose plight touched the lives of many people, has died after a long illness.

The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.

Bradley went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.’

There really is nothing worse than seeing kids with such terrible conditions, the things they have to go through as their parents do their very best to ensure that as well as trying to minimise the pain & suffering, attempting to give them as full a life as possible.

Well, the story/life of Bradley Lowery certainly captured people’s imaginations and ensured that he had a very full, though short, life that most football fans can only dream of.

It is difficult to get the right balance when writing about these things, as when all is said and done, Bradley isn’t yours or mine. However, it isn’t difficult to feel empathy/sympathy for what his family and friends are going through, whilst at the same time admiring the bravery of how he and others like him, battle through day by day against the odds.

It is also a great reminder for those of us who are football fans, that no sport comes anywhere near to touching so many people around the globe.

Football is truly the world game and the ever rising money paid by broadcasters around the world to screen the Premier League, tells you that England is the real home of football that everybody wants a part of.

A big part of that global appeal is the passion and rivalry of English football, no country coming close to having so many away fans week in week out travelling away, helping to create a unique experience for those watching on TV.

Newcastle and Sunderland fans are divided by football to such an extent like very few other places BUT when kids likes Bradley Lowery and others come along, they remind us of all the good things that unite us in the north east and beyond, no  matter which club you support.

Bradley Lowery wasn’t yours or mine but he symbolised everything that is good about football. How much the football community can give kids like him AND of course, how much Bradley and others can give back to the rest of us.

The reminder to enjoy every day that we have and enjoy the great sport of football, enjoy supporting Newcastle….or Sunderland, or whoever.

For rivalry you need rivals and there is nothing wrong with wanting the worst for Sunderland on the pitch but we can all be united as people, loving football and recognising the contribution of somebody such as Bradley Lowery.

  • Peter

    Absolutely. RIP Bradley Lowery and much to respect to Jermain Defoe…

  • Leicester Mag

    A well written and poignant article. For the umpteenth time since Friday I find myself welling up. In a world currently so full of hatred it took the plight of a desperately ill young boy to remind all of us what really matters. The pictures of Bradley and Jermaine showing a love that knew no boundaries. It would be so great that the next time any of us allow hatred to dominate to remind ourselves of this and this truly inspirational boy.

  • 1957

    I’ve always been grateful for never having to go through the anguish that Bradley’s parents have gone through over the last few years and the devastation they must feel now.

    I don’t know them but the way they have coped with their pain to make sure Bradley had the best experiences possible during his too short life is admirable.

  • Grahame Johnson

    I hope toon fans pay their respects at spurs game its on the TV and the world will see how a bairn made us more united

  • Mal

    Nicely written article. Well done.

  • TubbyMunky

    He drew the North – East – and football together. We all applauded him as one, united in our admiration for the fighting spirit he showed. That will be his legacy – a legacy we must not forget. Rest in peace, young ‘un.