Jake’s progress – toasting the claret and amber as Wembley dream comes true

Brain tumour survivor Jake Turton is to lead his beloved Bradford City out at Wembley following a Facebook campaign for him to be one of two mascots.

Jake, nine, is one of two mascots for the final against Swansea City on February 24, after the Bantams received special permission.

Jake, who was mascot for the semi-final first leg game against Aston Villa, was picked out by Bantams skipper Gary Jones, who gave him his shirt – and a kiss on his head – following their second leg aggregate victory.

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He got thousands of backers on Facebook wanting him to do the honours at Wembley.

Jake, of Halifax, will join Ryan Siddall in leading the team out of the tunnel. Ryan, 12, born with a renal condition, is only alive because his father donated a kidney for transplant in 2006.

Jake was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after his mum researched his symptoms online. He underwent brain surgery, spent 10 weeks in a coma and endured chemotherapy. A club spokesman said: “We wanted to give both of these incredibly brave boys the opportunity to walk out with the team at Wembley and have a truly special day.”

Yesterday saw hundreds of fans queue at Valley Parade for the few remaining Wembley tickets. Online sellers are asking £160 and more for single tickets.