Educating Greater Manchester's Jack Stanley meets his Wanderers heroes

Young Jack Stanley, one of the stars of Channel 4's documentary series Educating Greater Manchester, met some of his Wanderers heroes ahead of Tuesday night's game against Sheffield United.

The 12-year-old, who attends Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton, has risen to fame in recent weeks following his appearance on the show.

Jack won the hearts of viewers after taking Syrian refugee Rani Asaad under his wing to protect him during his first days at high school.

His kindness sparked an overwhelming response across social media, with the youngster having since been invited onto numerous television and news shows to discuss his friendship with Rani.

Not one to stray from his roots however, Jack - a season ticket holder at Macron Stadium - was back at the ground on Tuesday night to watch the Whites take on Sheffield United.

And ahead of the game, he was given the opportunity to meet two of his heroes in Mark Beevers and Gary Madine, alongside club legend John McGinlay and mascot Lofty the Lion.

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Speaking about the whole experience, his mother Steph said, "Coming down to the game was a fantastic experience for us all as a family and we were looked after so well by everyone at Bolton Wanderers.

"It was really lovely to share in Jack's experience, one that he enjoys every home game, while meeting Gary and Mark was just the icing on the cake for him and my daughters.

"Although a win would have added the cherry, it was something we will never forget.

"I’m just so proud of my son and the way he's come across on TV, that’s just Jack through and through.

"He will take anybody under their wing if he thinks his assistance will help them. If he sees anybody in any bother, he will go out of his way to make them feel welcome and we're so proud."

Educating Greater Manchester continues on Thursday evenings from 9pm on Channel 4, with Jack set to feature throughout the remainder of the series.

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