Tributes paid to four-year-old Newcastle United fan Frankie Sherwood

Tributes paid to four-year-old Newcastle United fan Frankie Sherwood

Frankie Sherwood led the Newcastle team out in 2016 (Stock image)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tributes have been paid to a four-year-old boy who has died of the rare children's cancer neuroblastoma.

Newcastle United fan Frankie Sherwood had been battling the condition since 2015, and his family had hoped to take him to America for pioneering treatment.

But last month, the family, from Dudley, North Tyneside, were told that he had just weeks to live.

It was the same cancer that took the life of six-year-old Sunderland supporter Bradley Lowery last year.

His mother, Hayley Laidler, wrote on a Facebook page for well-wishers: "At 3.am this morning frankie passed away peacefully holding his daddy's hand.

"He was in his favourite place the caravan where he wanted to be.. you were the best thing that happened to me and your daddy, you will always be in our hearts, and we have got lots of lovely memories that will stay with us forever, we love you so much Frankie lots of love mammy and daddy."

He won the hearts of Newcastle United fans in 2016 after leading the players out on to the pitch, and the club tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of young supporter Frankie Sherwood this morning.

"Frankie had battled neuroblastoma with immense bravery since 2015 and his courage inspired others. Our thoughts are with Frankie's family at this very sad time. #NUFC"