IS HE Huddersfield Town’s youngest fan?
Riley Lodge, of South View Terrace, Grange Moor, is only six weeks old – but the tiny Terrier has already been to six Town matches this season.
His first appearance at the Galpharm Stadium was on March 1 – the day after he was born.
And his die-hard Town-supporting mum Sarah has signed him up for a season ticket for the club’s centenary season next year.
The 23-year-old revealed there was a poignant reason for his early allegiance to the team.
She said: “The day before he was born, his nan, Edith Hargreaves, died.
“She had been supporting Town for 75 years. It was the main reason I wanted to start taking him.
“I’m told I went to my first game at two weeks old, so it’s a really big family tradition.”
Mrs Hargreaves, Sarah’s grandmother, had a lifelong association with Town, serving as an official of the Supporters’ Club. The player of the year trophy is to be named after her and her late husband, John.
Sarah, whose partner Nick Lodge hates football, started taking her other children Connor, seven, and Trinity, four, to watch Town from a very early age.
She even went to Town’s big FA Cup game against Chelsea in London on February 16, the day she was due to give birth to Riley.
He was actually born on February 29 and his first game was the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City a day later.
The high point in his formative experiences of following the team so far was as part of the season’s best crowd that watched Town beat arch rivals Leeds United 1-0 on Tuesday.
But Sarah revealed he would not have known much about it – not only because of his tender age, but because he slept through the whole game.
She said: “I have a sling which I put him in and I jump up and down and sing and it doesn’t bother him.
“I’m thinking about getting a tape of football chants to play at home because the only place he seems to sleep is at the games.”