Young Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft shortlisted for Football League award – BBC News

Image caption Bristol City fanatic Oskar Pycroft never misses a home game

A young Bristol City football fan with cerebral palsy has been shortlisted for the Football League’s supporter of the year award.

Oskar Pycroft, eight, never misses a home match and his bedroom is festooned in club merchandise and memorabilia.

Last year fans of the club and rivals Bristol Rovers helped raise 57,000 for an operation to enable him to walk.

In January, Oskar took his first steps at Ashton Gate at the Championship tie between City and Preston North End.

Image caption Oskar brought together fans of Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, who raised money to pay for an operation to enable him to walk for the first time

“I’m very excited – this club has meant so much to me, they’ve helped me a lot and thank you so much to the whole club and Bristol City fans,” said Oskar about his nomination.

Image caption Bristol City midfielder Joe Bryan came over for a hug from Oskar ahead of the game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday
Image caption Oskar predicted City would score seven goals – in the end they won the game against Wednesday 4-1 easing their relegation worries

The Football League said Oskar was “an inspiration to his fellow fans and anyone fighting against a severe illness or disease”.

“Not only has he become a totemic figure at Ashton Gate, his passion as a fan has resonated with others to the extent he even inspired fans of rivals Bristol Rovers to back his cause,” a spokesperson said.

Image caption Oskar’s bedroom is a shrine to Bristol City

Oskar’s mum Lizzie Pycroft said: “To me he’s always my little boy, but to others he’s an inspiration, and for him to be recognised is awesome.

“He’s such a character and this shows what his character is like that he has brought so many people together, both City and Rovers.”

Oskar is one of three people on the shortlist for the honour. The winner will be announced on 17 April at the Football League Awards.

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