FOOTBALL fan Arran Turner had his wish come true when he met his favourite Huddersfield Town players.
The 11-year-old, who plays for Lepton Highlanders, was nominated for the treat by mum Helen after he battled with illness during his early years. He also had a major operation a year ago.
His wish to meet his footballing heroes at Town was granted as part of the Examiner's annual campaign with Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table to make dreams come true for deserving children and adults.
Arran was born with a rare blood condition, spherocytosis. This meant his spleen grew to an abnormal size.
He also developed gallstones.
Arran had his spleen and gall bladder removed at St James's Hospital, Leeds, in February last year and now has to take medication twice a day for the rest of his life.
Arran and his family enjoyed a full tour of the Galpharm Stadium.
They met all the playing squad, including coach Terry Yorath and manager Peter Jackson and got lots of autographs and photos. Arran was also invited to the players' lounge.
David Leadbeater, of the Pendragon Round Table, said it had been a fantastic experience for an extremely brave young man. He thanked everyone at the club for their help, especially Town secretary Ann Hough and Peter Jackson.
The family, including dad Paul and brother Scott, 15, live in Shelley.
Arran goes to Kirkburton Middle School.
Mum Helen praised the medical team who had been involved in his care, particularly Dr Alex Hamilton at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.