The sister of Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Ryan Schofield is one of almost 100 keyworkers whose names will appear on the front of the players’ shirts for the game against Cardiff City on Friday night.
Katie Schofield is a sister in A&E at Calderdale Royal Hospital and was nominated by proud parents Ian and Allison Schofield.
The names of keyworkers, who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic, will make up the logo of shirt sponsors BPM Tech, a Brighouse-based recruitment firm.
Company founder Ben Whiteley, a big Town fan, appealed for family and friends to nominate their Covid heroes to be included on the logo – and was inundated.
Huddersfield-born keeper Ryan’s name will be on the back of the No1 shirt while his sister’s will be on the front!
In their nomination, mum and dad Ian and Allison said: “It would be fantastic to see my daughter’s name on the shirt. She is a sister in A&E at Calderdale. Incidentally her brother is Ryan Schofield!
“To see their names together on the shirt would be something we could never have imagined.
“We as parents are so proud our both our children but the work undertaken by the NHS is more than a job and the care is immeasurable and given with dedication and selflessness.”
Ryan, 21, who has represented England at up to under-20 level, has been at Town since joining the club from Lepton Highlanders at the age of eight.
Another famous name on the front of the shirt will be Andrew Booth. That’s not the Town legend, it’s Andrew Booth, a hospital porter at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
After Friday night’s game – screened live on Sky Sports – several match-worn shirts will be raffled and auctioned for three charities – Andy’s Man Club, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Overgate Hospice.
Ben thanked all those nominated and said: “It’s a small gesture and a token of appreciation for the amazing and selfless work you do, day in day out.”
Here are some of the shout-outs sent to BPM:
I’m really grateful BPM Tech have made this amazing offer to key workers at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. As a surgeon, and Associate Medical Director at the time COVID started, I have seen the courage, dedication, compassion, sacrifices, tenacity and strength of incredible clinical and non-clinical colleagues all across the Trust. I’ve also seen the strain and pressure COVID continues to place on the whole team, for BPM tech to reach out and acknowledge that in this way is brilliant.
Mr Neeraj Bhasin, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
It would be wonderful if you could get Karen Lord on the front of the Town shirt for the Cardiff match. She has been unbelievable working in A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary every hour god sends! She has been a real trooper and been put through soooo much horribleness. It would give her a much needed boost seeing her name on the front of a Town shirt. Kind Regards
Is there any chance I could leave a message that might be picked to be shown my girlfriend Lia Crowther has worked through lockdown as a nurse at St James’ Hospital on the front line and I’m super proud of her and she’s a massive Town fan looking forward to getting back in the stand as soon as possible. Thank you.
The Mast is a Primary Care Network that consists of 5 GP Practices; Kirkburton Health Centre, Skelmanthorpe Family Doctors, Shepley Health Centre and Lepton and Kirkheaton Surgeries. The Mast have worked together as a Covid Vaccination Centre to vaccinate our patients within the network within the eligible cohorts. All staff clinical and non-clinical have participated in the programme. We have had a fantastic response from our local volunteers within the community who have contributed to the success of the Covid Vaccination programme. The Network have worked 12 hours a day to ensure that we vaccinate all the cohorts eligible and that we keep our patients safe. It is thanks to all our NHS staff, volunteers and patients for the smooth running and a successful vaccine roll out. Many thanks
The Mast PC
Bradford Neonatal Service
At the start of the first lockdown me and my partner spent 5 months in NICU with our premature twins born on 20 March 2020. If possible if you can fit that them in it would be really appreciated. Thanks Jon
I would just like to thank Jackie Kavanagh of Care Counts for being an amazing key worker looking after the most vulnerable people throughout this pandemic
My mum, Liz Harrington, is an NHS physio who has been moved all around her hospital to different wards to help out where she can. We are all really proud of the work she had done and everyone else who has stepped up to help out. We regularly go to Town games from London as part of the Southern Terriers group.
My grandson Joe Butterworth works as a porter at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. Joe is a key worker on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. The hospital is really busy at the moment with admissions really high. Making the job even harder, Joe being designated as a porter who moves Covid patients, he has to wear full PPE equipment for the duration of his shift. For these reasons we think he is an NHS Hero. He is also a massive HTAFC fan and season ticket holder and attends games with his father Sean Butterworth who is also a season ticket holder. He would be thrilled to see his name on a Town shirt.
My mum Heather Paxton has been working all the way through the Coronavirus pandemic and has kept post going out to rural communities in the toughest times. She has been the only person some isolated and lonely people have seen since March and has always made sure to have a good chat and keep their spirits up. She has supported Town for over 20 years and misses the football and her football family a great deal.
Jacob works as an Operating Department Practitioner at Chapel Allerton Hospital, however throughout the pandemic he has been working tirelessly at LGI in the Intensive Care Unit, caring for those who need ventilating due to Covid. Jacob is also a massive Town fan, having held a season ticket since he was a little boy.
Chris Ward was the founder and setup the HTAFC North America Supporters Group – uniting town fans across the USA & Canada, advocating for the club on NBC Sports programs (US TV channel) & several USA Soccer Fan podcasts. He leads multiple teams across Colorado and Wyoming that maintain the largest windfarms across both states, ensuring energy continues to be generated and that power 1million+ homes, schools, hospitals ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply. He has had to adapt all his operations to navigate around people contracting Covid to ensure homes are still powered.
I would like to nominate my sister Binnie Joshi Barr. She is a total credit to the school and our family. Thanks
Claire Alletson works for the Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust. She is a Ward Manager for Trauma Orthopaedics. Lucy Rothery works at Calderdale Hospital as Ward Clerk for Paediatrics (ward 3). I have nominated them both as they both have been working every day to help people who still need hospital support during the pandemic. They are both long time season ticket holders for Huddersfield Town and both such lovely people. This is such lovely idea. Thanks for taking the time to read my email.
I would like to nominate my wife who is a primary school teacher to appear on the shirt sponsorship for the Cardiff game. Her name is Robyn Main. She is a huge Huddersfield Town fan and her favourite player is Naby Sarr. Many thanks
I think what your company is doing is fantastic. I’d like to nominate my sister Nu Joshi who works as a podiatrist for Bradford PCT. She’s been redeployed numerous times and worked wherever needed during the pandemic in the last year and worked throughout all the lockdowns.
Now she’s not only doing her regular job with high risk patients but she’s also spending one evening and both her weekend days vaccinating local people so we can get ahead in the fight against Covid. I’d love for you to consider her worthy of one of the shirt names. Thank you
I nominate Dr Andrew Martin, originally from Batley and now a junior doctor for NHS Scotland in Glasgow. He’s been a Town fan since before he started school and has worked tirelessly during the pandemic on the front line, including in COVID High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units. If possible. I also nominate his dad Richard Martin, of Liversedge. Richard is a devoted Terrier and is in his 70s and has spent time during lockdown volunteering, checking in on vulnerable and more elderly members of the community and as a Marshall at Covid Testing Centres. On Friday he does his first shift at the JSS as a vaccination volunteer. Hope you can squeeze both of these in. I think your initiative is superb. I will definitely be bidding for one of the shirts. Thanks
I am a key worker and would love my name to be on a Town shirt. I work at Pinderfields in Wakefield. I have really missed bringing my little boy to the football matches. I can’t wait to be back.
My dad has been working on the COVID wards since the pandemic began. He is a lifelong Town fan and having his name on a shirt would mean the world to him. His name is Michael Hirst. Thanks
My mum Heather Wales is a care worker and works in a care home and has done for 26 years starting in 1995. She’s had it all to deal with throughout this pandemic but she’s never complained and just got on with the job. A hero. Thanks
I am a key worker in the Royal Air Force based but originally from Honley. My wife is also a key worker in the Air Force and has been out of the country since October with no return date yet. Regards
Ben, Kelly, Sophia and Esme
I’d love to be included on the front of the shirt for the Cardiff game! I’m a primary care NHS worker and Town supporter. Thank you for this opportunity of recognition. Best wishes
It would be great to get Andrew Bailey on the shirt, my dad’s a lifelong Town fan and a nurse whose been working on the Covid wards. Thank you
I would like to nominate my brother John Hardy. He is a lifelong Town fan and season card holder. He is head microbiologist at Calderdale and has worked tirelessly for a year organising COVID-19 testing for the hospital. He has also had ill health himself. He is due to retire in March after nearly 40 years working for the NHS and won’t get a retirement party due to restrictions. He would be over the moon to be honoured by his beloved Town. Thank you for this lovely gesture, whoever gets chosen!
I hope I’m not too late but I would like to put forward my mum to be on the front of a shirt for the Cardiff game. She is a physio for the NHS who throughout the pandemic has go above and beyond by working on numerous different wards in the hospital she is from Covid wards to infectious disease. We are all really proud of her. My mum’s name is Liz Harrington and would be extremely grateful to see my mums name on the shirt. Many thanks
I would like to nominate a key worker friend of mine. Laura Foster she’s an intensive care nurse. I think that might perk her up a bit if her name was there. Kind regards, Paul.
I would love to recognise the hard work of my whole team (if that’s not too cheeky) The Children in Care, Youth Offending and Care Leavers Specialist Nursing Team have all worked amazing throughout the whole of Covid to meet the needs of this vulnerable group of children & young people aged 0-25. Best Wishes
I would very much like to nominate my daughter Michaela Fagelman, she is a teacher still working full-time from home looking after the educational needs of her pupils at Royds School in Paddock. Michaela has been a supporter since I introduced her to Leeds Road in 1991, and a season ticket holder since 1994/5.
I would love to nominate my daughter Chloe Ward. She is a nursing associate in her final 2 years of studying at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Huddersfield University. She goes above and beyond the hours she is contracted to do and also goes in on her days off when not working. She recently got a phone call from her ward so she walked two miles to get there though the bad snow to help out. She would so deserve this accolade. Many thanks
My grandson Joe Butterworth is a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town and a hospital porter at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. One of his duties is to move patients with Covid. We as a family are so very proud of him. Would you please consider putting his name on the shirt for the game v Cardiff. Many thanks. Michael Kelly
I would like to nominate Andrew Booth who is a Hospital Porter at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. He is a massive Town fan and I believe he deserves this opportunity to be part of our great club for a day. He’s worked all through this pandemic selflessly and as never complained I believe he as the true Terrier spirit. I think it’s fantastic that you are giving people the chance to thank our Heroes! Kindest Regards, Howard Tattersley
#AndysManClub are so grateful for the support we’ve continually had from #htafc and it has genuinely saved lives!! A really powerful partnership that will carry on moving forward. Thank you to everyone involved from us all at AMC!