Dennis Payter – Notts County
January 1, 2000
Members of our Supporters’ Club have helped City fans raise money to fly Gashead Jamie Cooper from his bed in a Birmingham hospital to Cardiff for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final..
Jamie, aged 18, was the youngest serviceman to be seriously injured in Iraq, when he was with the Royal Green Jackets in Basra.
He was ripped apart by two mortar bombs which meant he lost the use of his left leg and he is currently confined to a wheelchair.
In February Paul Trollope sent Jamie a shirt signed by the whole of the first team squad and chairman Geoff Dunford has given Jamie and his family free tickets for the clash against Doncaster Rovers.
News of Jamie’s plight led to an incredible gesture by Bristol City fans who launched an appeal to raise the £1,650 needed for the return helicopter flight to Cardiff. So successful was their campaign that they passed the £3,000 mark which included a bucket collection at their home game with Brentford.
The helicopter has been booked and left-over money will spent on transporting the rest of Jamie’s family and friends who will not be flying to the Millennium Stadium.
City fan Brian Flynn, who organised the campaign, said: “We had a much bigger response than we were expecting, it has been extraordinary.’’
Gashead Dave Wilcox said: “We picked up what was going on from the City Forum. It was more than a football thing. It was about lads from Bristol who like to see people supporting City or Rovers rather than the big premiership clubs. The length that the City fans have gone to has really impressed me.’’