YEOVIL Town supporter Jason Mackay was able to fulfill a long standing wish on Friday when he met up with the Glovers’ boss Terry Skiverton and the rest of his backroom staff before he shortly leaves to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Sgt Mackay, a former Preston Community School student, is a regular at Huish Park when his military commitments allow and along with his son they are usually cheering the Glovers on from the Blackthorn Stand.
Jason's 4th Rifles Regiment are due out in the trouble spot to replace the 2nd Rifles who have been in the thick of the action of late and he is hoping he can have a safe but effective six months in the Helmand Province.
Skiverton said after their meeting: "Listening to Jason it brings it home to you just what these lads are having to go through.
"Everybody present to hear his stories has the utmost admiration for Jason and in fact all of the British Army serving in Afghanistan.
"I think everybody not in the Armed Forces has a huge respect for these guys and we should never stop giving them our support.
"We all hope to see Jason and his Regiment back at Huish Park in six months when we hope to get together and have a bit to eat with the returning hero."
The meeting was partially arranged by Express chief reporter Steve Sowden - who was in the same year group as Jason at Preston between 1982-87 - after he spoke to his former school colleague and the club’s customer service manager Sara Bradley.
Steve said: “I spoke to Jason on Saturday following the match with Swindon Town and he was delighted at getting a chance to meet Skivo and the rest of the lads.
“I’d like to thank Sara and Skivo for arranging this – it meant a lot to him.”
And he added: "I echo Skivo's sentiments - listening to the moans and groans of fans after losing to Swindon on Saturday and then thinking about what dangers our troops are facing in Afghanistan; perhaps we need a bit of a reality check."