Jack gets to meet his heroes

PUBLISHED: 11:57 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

Jack (right) at Highbury with his mum and dad, sister Caitlin and friend Jacob

Jack (right) at Highbury with his mum and dad, sister Caitlin and friend Jacob

A YOUNG St Albans deaf boy had his dreams come true when he watched an Arsenal FA Cup match from an executive box at Highbury. Jack Riley, aged 10, also met some of his favourite players at the match which saw the Gunners beat Cardiff by two goals to one

A YOUNG St Albans deaf boy had his dreams come true when he watched an Arsenal FA Cup match from an executive box at Highbury. Jack Riley, aged 10, also met some of his favourite players at the match which saw the Gunners beat Cardiff by two goals to one in the third round of the cup. He watched the match with his mum and dad, Karen and Anthony Hardwicke, sister Caitlin Brady, aged13, and schoolfriend Jacob Hines, eight, who is also deaf. The family was treated to match tickets by international law firm Fried Frank which donated the company's executive box to them. The day was arranged by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS). After the match Jack, Jacob and Caitlin had their photograph taken with Arsenal defender Kolo Toure and NDCS community fundraising officer Elizabeth Gordon. There was also time for Jack to meet some of the other players and collect autographs from Robin Van Persie, Sebastian Larsson, Kerrea Gilbert and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. The match was the first time the children had seen their team play. Jack said: "It is the last season at Highbury as Arsenal are moving to a new ground so I was really glad to see the stadium before it is knocked down. Then to meet some of the players was like a dream come true." Fried Frank's UK office is five minutes away from the NDCS London office and they offered it to the society because they are keen to support charities in their local area.

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