Young Chico Flores fan gets a new shirt, then the real thing!
AN aspiring Chico Flores had a Boxing Day to remember when he caught the Swans defender's shirt while wearing his own brand new Flores top!
Brandon Cooper travelled to the Madejski Stadium for the Reading clash proudly wearing his new Christmas present underneath a Santa suit.
The 12-year-old idolises the Spanish defender and was thrilled to unwrap the Swans away shirt on December 25, with Flores's name and squad number inscribed on it.
And moments after the following day's match, which finished 0-0, he had the real thing in his hands.
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"He (Flores) came over at the end, and was the only player left out," said Brandon. "I jumped down two rows and he threw his shirt — and I caught it.
"I just could not believe it."
Centre half Brandon trains with the Swans' youth academy four times a week and plays matches on Sundays.
He goes to all the Swans' home matches, but this was only his second away one.
His mum Catherine Cooper, of Oaktree Drive, Porthcawl, said Brandon was hoping to go the West Ham match in February, but it depended on his academy duties.
She added that her son was getting on very well there, while also playing for his school team in Porthcawl.
Brandon, she said, was also a big admirer of Flores's defensive partner and Wales skipper Ashley Williams, who he has met. Asked if her son might grow a ponytail, like his new-found Iberian hero, she replied: "I hope not!"
Brandon, at around 5ft 8ins, is still some four inches short of the Spanish player, whose full name is José Manuel Flores Moreno, but said the shirt fitted well.
Flores has put in some fine shifts in Swansea City's defence since joining from Mallorca last summer.
And his shirt from the Reading match has yet to be introduced to the Cooper's washing machine.
"I haven't washed it," admitted Brandon.