MITCH AND BLAIR MAKE MASCOT PLEDGE IN SPECIAL CALL TO ‘INSPIRATIONAL’ COVE RANGERS FAN MEGAN
SPECIAL DAY: Blair Yule and mascot Megan McIntosh celebrate our 2019 Highland League Cup final triumph.
COVE Rangers duo Mitch Megginson and Blair Yule have been praised for lifting the spirits of courageous young supporter Megan McIntosh during the Covid-19 lockdown
Club skipper Mitch and midfielder Blair made surprise video calls to nine-year-old Megan, who is recovering after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018.
They also invited Megan to be the club mascot when Cove Rangers do eventually return to action next season.
KIND GESTURE: The Facebook message that was posted by Megan's father, Craig.
Megan’s father, Craig, said: “It was really nice of Mitch and Blair to make the video calls to Megan.
“Her face while watching the messages really lit up and she is really excited by the prospect of being the mascot at a League One game.
“Our family can only thank the players and the club for being so kind to Megan.”
Megan was described as “inspirational” by the Cove Rangers players when she was the mascot for our 2-0 Highland League Cup final triumph over Formartine United, at Inverurie, in April 2019.
She had been asked to lead the players out because they had been touched by how bravely she has coped with her illness.
There were emotional scenes at Harlaw Park that day when Megan joined the players on the pitch to join in their celebrations.
Megan was wearing her lucky No.8 shirt and was delighted when midfield star Blair, who wore the same number for Cove in the final, gifted his precious winners’ medal to her.
Megan’s father said then: “It takes a special kind of person to do what Blair did, no player gives up their hard earned medals lightly.
“It really made what was already an unforgettable day for Megan even more extra special.
“She loves having the medal and says she was delighted to have also been out on the pitch with the rest of the players celebrating their win.”
Blair added that day: “Megan has been an inspiration to all of us and we are so pleased that we managed to win the cup for her.
“Seeing what she has had to endure at such a young age puts football into perspective.”
Megan returned the compliment when she presented a replacement medal to Blair, which the Highland League had struck especially for him as a reward for his act of kindness, after our final league match that season.
That helped create a special bond between the youngster and the club, so it was no surprise when Mitch and Blair took it upon themselves to make the video calls to Megan, which her father has posted on the Cove Rangers Supporters Facebook page.
THANKS: Megan McIntosh presents Blair Yule with his replacement Highland League Cup winners' medal.
Mitch said in the video: “The Cove team and I wanted to drop our favourite mascot a quick message.
“We hope you aren’t too bored during this lockdown and aren’t missing seeing the Cove scores coming through too much.
“You are recognised as the best mascot - I think you are more famous than some of the players, but don’t tell them I said that!
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get to celebrate our league success with you this year.
“But we would be delighted if you would be our mascot again when games finally resume in League One.
“Stay safe Megan and hope to see you soon.”
Blair added: “Everyone at Cove can’t wait to have you back as our mascot, especially me.
“I still remember that day you gave me that medal like it was yesterday.
“Thanks for that, hope you are doing well and see you soon.”
Everyone at Cove Rangers sends their best wishes to Megan and can’t wait to see her leading the team out when we finally get the all clear to resume playing.