A football fan has carried his dad’s false teeth through every round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and is set to take the gnashers to Wembley as Walsall take on Bristol city in the final of the competition. Bus driver Jason Bailey, 44, said that it was for luck and also as a way of taking his father with him to Wembley to watch the big game.
Speaking about his father, Jason said ‘My dad took me to my first Walsall game when I was six years old. He was a massive fan but never got to see them achieve much.’ He only realised that the dentures seemed to be lucky when Walsall reached the 2001 play-off final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium; the team were down two goals to one, so in extra time Jason ‘got them out in the handkerchief he used to keep them in and gave them a rub and a bit of a kiss.’ The team miraculously went on to win the game 3-2 and ever since then, the dentures have been with Jason to every round of the cup to try and give Walsall the edge over their rivals.
Jason added ‘I’ll definitely give them a little rub and a kiss to help bring us good luck.’