Newcastle United star shows his class - just 24 hours after Leeds ‘frustration’
The Newcastle United player showed his class after a frustrating game on Saturday.
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The no.9 spent his day off at the event which saw £300,000 raised for the charity.
Despite converting two penalties against Leeds on Saturday, understandably the in-form striker left Elland Road feeling vexed at United’s draw.
“Frustration really. I think we conceded the first goal which is something we tried not to do,” said Wilson. “That happens in football and you’ve got to react and we showed good character to get back into the game then go in front of it. Then probably frustrated not to see it out, to be honest.
“It was always going to be that kind of atmosphere and the first goal gave them a platform in the game and gave them something to hold onto. We showed good character to compose ourselves in that atmosphere and in the end we’re disappointed not to get a third goal or to see out the three points.”
But Wilson’s appearance at Newcastle Racecourse yesterday was a class act. One fan tweeted a picture of their son, smiling next to Wilson, with the comment: ‘Here’s one happy lad meeting his hero at todays [Children’s Cancer Run]’
Hilariously adding: ‘Joey was more than happy to stop for a quick pic.’
Runners of all ages took part in the one, three and five mile runs and one runner included Anna Peel from County Durham who raised thousands of pounds for the charity following her nephew’s diagnosis and cancer treatment.
Anna said: “When Joe was first diagnosed with a tumour on his kidney at just three years old, my family and I felt helpless. Fortunately, Children’s Cancer North was there to provide the help and support we needed, and the charity has helped hundreds of other families just like ours.
“We wanted to do something to help the charity that has given us so much, and raise awareness of the hugely important work they do. Over the past year I’ve helped raise thousands of pounds for Children’s Cancer North by completing the Kielder Marathon, doing a bungee jump from the Larpool Viaduct in Whitby, and later this year I’ll be doing a 21,000ft skydive in Durham. Our family has also raised funds by doing bake sales, hosting charity nights and holding raffles.
“Joe rang the bell at the Great North Children’s Hospital in April this year and he looks like a completely different boy. He took part today too, running with us to raise money for Children’s Cancer North.”
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