A HUDDERSFIELD Town fan who missed his team’s moment of glory because his wife was due to go into labour watched the match with his in-laws – who are fans of play-off rivals Sheffield United.
Lifelong fan Stuart McDermott, of Fisher Way, Heckmondwike, missed the Terriers’ big moment on Saturday because his baby was overdue.
Instead he sat and watched the match with Laura and her mum Ann who are fans of Sheffield United, the team Huddersfield played against for promotion into the Championship.
Meanwhile Stuart’s mum Sandra, dad Frank, brother Andrew and nephew Ross travelled to Wembley to watch their beloved team win the game in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out. Laura’s dad Kevan Eady, grandad Tony Eady and brother Michael Eady also travelled to the stadium to cheer on their own team.
Laura, 24, finally went into labour at 3.30am while across the country, Huddersfield Town fans were still celebrating, and Sheffield Wednesday fans were drowning their sorrows.
Now both parents and their older son Elliot, three, are celebrating the birth of baby Oliver Jake, who was born on Sunday night weighing 9lb 1oz.
Stuart, 32, said: “Oliver was due on Wednesday so I decided not to go to the match because I thought it was a bit risky.
“While we were watching the match I was cheering on Huddersfield and Laura and her mum were cheering on Sheffield. I was telling Ann to be quiet!
“She was trying to get Elliot to cheer for Sheffield and I was telling him to support Huddersfield.
“It was very nerve-wracking, especially when it went to penalties. I was disappointed not to go but I could cope with not seeing my team at Wembley. I couldn’t cope with missing my second child being born.
“It was a dream weekend, seeing my team promoted then my second child born. I’ll remember it forever.”