Wanderers players have been spreading some cheer despite the cloud hanging over the University of Bolton Stadium at present. 

With the match against Brentford called off by the EFL and three points awarded to the Bees, a group of mascots missed out on their big day leading out the team. 

Step forward Whites pair David Wheater and Remi Matthews. 

Goalkeeper Matthews heard of the plight of young fan and budding shot-stopper Jenson Williamson, one of those who had been due to get the VIP treatment last Saturday, and gave him a night to remember, while club captain Wheater took the whole group on a stadium tour. 

Jenson, who turned eight on Monday, was set to celebrate his birthday at the Bees game on April 27. 

The cancellation led to dad Martin voicing his frustration on social media with a call then coming from BBC Radio Manchester. 

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The St Brendan’s RC Primary School pupil appeared on the station to explain his birthday treat was in tatters and the rest as they say, is history. 

“Remi heard Jenson on the radio and sent me a message,” Martin said. 

“He wanted to surprise him with a pair of gloves and a signed shirt and ended up coming to his school game on Wednesday night at Bolton School.

“He stayed for about an hour and a half and chatted to the kids, posed for photos and was just great with everyone, parents included. He even gave Jenson some advice too because he’s a goalkeeper as well.

“He kept four clean sheets in his four games so it clearly worked!”

The week got better for Jenson the following night when the whole mascot party were invited for a behind-the-scenes look around the stadium by skipper Wheater. 

Former player and community ambassador Tony Kelly and mascot Lofty Junior were also present on Thursday night. 

“It was another great night,” said Martin. 

“They got a phone call from John McGinlay wishing them well while they were in the changing rooms and they even got to have a kickabout on the pitch.

“David Wheater also signed a programme personally for them all.”

With so much turmoil off the field, it was a reminder of the good that football clubs and their players can do in the community. 

“These lads are going through so much uncertainty with everything that’s going on,” Martin said. 

“They don’t know whether they are playing or not, whether they are going to get paid, whether they’ll be released at the end of the season or what. It’s tough.

“So for them to take time out to do what they did with all that’s going on is brilliant. 

“It’s something those kids will never forget. 

“You can go on a tour of the stadium but not with the captain of Bolton Wanderers.”