CARNOUSTIE twins Ayley and Chloe may not have been the lucky mascots Brechin City hoped for, but a great day was had by all regardless.
Ayley and Chloe Hirsch, the cherubic faces behind the ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk’ fundraising campaign made a special appearance at Glebe Park on Saturday.
The girls had been invited to Brechin to receive a donation to their fund, and were guests of honour at their game against East Fife, which unfortunately for the Hedgemen ended in a 3-1 defeat.
Ayley and Chloe’s grandfather is Ian Fleming, former player-manager at Brechin City from 1982 to 1987, and was credited with getting them promoted to the First Division.
Averil Hirsch, Ayley and Chloe’s mother explained her father still has close ties with Brechin City, she said:
“He’s friends with a lot the people there and when they heard about Ayley and Chloe they put a collection tin in the physio room.
“Last week they phoned and invited us up for the game.
“They were wonderful, they had a parking space saved for us and scarves for all the kids.”
The twins were joined by their sister Lilly and family friend Liam Thomson, who all received Easter eggs courtesy of the club, Averil added:
“They also presented Ayley and Chloe with two mugs with my dad’s face on them from when he was manager!”
It seems that football could be added to the list of sports being enjoyed by the fearless twins, who continue to grow stronger every day.
She added: “That’s the first time that Ayley, Chloe and Lilly have actually been to a football game. They just loved it.
“The kids loved it. Ayley had a wee kick of the ball and so did Lilly.”
Support from Aberdeen, Dundee and Dundee United football clubs has also included child-sized strips,
Ian added: “I’m going to try and get them interested in football. I’ve got all the strips. I just need to get Brechin strips for them now.
“Since the operation they’ve improved and improved, Chloe obviously is going to take a bit longer.”
Ian has been hugely impressed with the support his family have had from the footballing community and beyond.
He said: “It’s not just the professional game, a lot of boys from the junior ranks too.At the end of the day it’s not just them either, ordinary people have given, it’s a great response for Tayside, Fife and Angus.”