Geordie Mascot An Inspiration To Us All!

Last updated : 28 January 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

The Journal reports:- The eight-year-old, who is recovering from intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, was invited to be The Hatters’ mascot by former Gateshead player Jon Shaw.


Jon, who now plays in the number nine shirt for Luton, became friends with Cory and his family after meeting the schoolboy in his role as a mascot for Blyth Spartans when they played Gateshead.

This friendship saw him invite Cory as a mascot for Luton on Saturday, a match which would end up being one for the record books when the non-league outfit eliminated the team from the English top tier – a first since 1989.

Cory was diagnosed with a severe malignant tumour the size of a plum around his brain stem in February 2011, but has battled back to strength and is on the road to recovery.

The Year 4 pupil at Newsham Primary School in Blyth now dedicates his spare time to fundraising for different charities and, for the past two Christmas Days, he has handed out presents to children spending the festive season in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary’s Ward 4.

Cory’s dad Steven: “It was the biggest result in 24 years.

“All the players signed his shirt and all the Luton fans were superb, even though he was not from around there. It was fantastic.

“All the Luton players were tweeting him after the game saying he was inspiring and if Cory can do what he has done it is no surprise they can do that on the pitch with Cory there.

“A lot said Cory inspired them to play better and harder.

“At the end of the day, Cory’s roots are Blyth Spartans and Newcastle United but he will have a special place in his heart for Luton.

“Football seems to be one big family when they are supporting someone like Cory. It does not matter what your colours are.

“If it means supporting another team for the day then that’s what it means.

“Cory has been asked by the players if he will be the mascot for their next big game.

“A result like that is something that will never probably happen in Cory’s lifetime, it’s something that does not come around often. It was just amazing.

“It was a great day, he brought everyone together.

“It was fantastic, when the whistle went and before and after the game, everyone was together for Cory and wanting to know how he was doing.

“He is doing very, very well and hopefully we are trying to save for a holiday in the summer.

“Cory has been given the go ahead to have a holiday abroad. It will be the first time he has been abroad and we are trying to save for that now he is allowed to travel.”

To keep up with Cory’s progress and fundraising follow him on Twitter @1CoryDavison.