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What a strange coincidence...

20 March 2014

Mother and son Kim Bates and Jack Stretton share the same mascot day separated by 18 years...

Just over 18 years ago, Coventry City played West Ham United at Highfield Road on March 2nd, 1996.

The mascot that day was a 10-year old Kim Bates who got to meet the City stars who shared a 2-2 draw with the Hammers thanks to goals from John Salako and Noel Whelan.

On the same date 18 years later, City played out a 0-0 draw against Shrewsbury Town in a rearranged fixture at Sixfields.

The mascot, by a strange coincidence, was Jack Stretton, Kim's 8-year old son. Jack got to meet all the City stars and head out onto the City pitch with Sky Blues goalkeeper Joe Murphy, who kept a valuable clean sheet.

Kim couldn't believe the coincidence when she realised her son Jack will be meeting the current City squad exactly 18 years later.

She said: "My son had always asked me to be a mascot like I was and it felt amazing to be able to arrange him to be a mascot.

"I was filled with a lot of pride when I saw Jack come out of the tunnel holding Joe Murphy's hand and he loved the experience.

"Every member of staff made him feel very special and he really enjoyed every moment of the day, especially getting to go in the changing rooms and meet the players.

"It was strange when I realised he would be mascot 18 years to the day since I was because the fixture had been rearranged."

Kim remembers her experience as a mascot, including getting to shoot against City legend and current goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic.

Kim added: "It was a dream come true when I was the mascot. I got to meet my favourite player which was Noel Whelan at the time. 

"I remember walking into the dressing room and Peter Ndlovu was singing at the top of his voice. Oggy spent a good ten minutes talking to me and then I was able to take shots against him.

"It was one of the best days of my life and I'm sure my son will remember his mascot day just like I have mine."

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