Our Joe to be mascot for Cup Final

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez with Joseph Kendrick
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez with Joseph Kendrick

BRAVE Joseph Kendrick - the inspiration behind Joseph’s Goal - is to be the Latics’ mascot at Wembley.

The battling three-year-old has been selected by the club to accompany the team onto the hallowed Wembley turf on Saturday.

Joseph suffers from Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), an extremely rare genetic disorder. His parents, the Observer’s Latics correspondent Paul, and wife Emma, were told by doctors after his birth that it was unlikely he would ever leave hospital.

But Joseph, who recently started a new school, has proved to be a little fighter and inspired his parents to set up Joseph’s Goal to raise awareness and fund research into NKH.

Wigan’s sporting community - including Latics and Warriors - have supported the cause since it was launched last year and the funds have been making a significant difference.

Boss Roberto Martinez, who is an ambassador for the charity, took time out from plotting the downfall of Manchester City this week to meet the Kendricks at the DW Stadium.

He said: “I think it has been over eight months now that we have been making great steps forward with the awareness of Joseph’s Goal and it’s a fantastically fitting moment to have Joe as our lucky mascot at Wembley.

“It is great for us to make sure that this historic day for Wigan Athletic has Joseph’s Goal as part of it, it’s a fantastic project and it deserves all of the awareness that we can get.”