Goal scored by terminally-ill 5yo sparks ‘Goal of the Month’ campaign (VIDEO)
Courageous Bradley, who is fighting neuroblastoma, scored the goal during the pre-match warm-up before the Premier League encounter between his favorite side Sunderland and league leaders Chelsea.
Lowery joined players from both sides on the pitch pre-match at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, enjoying a kick-around with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe and Chelsea forward Diego Costa.
It was during the warm-up that the Spain international made one of Bradley’s wishes come true.
Costa set the ball on the penalty spot with Sunderland keeper Asmir Begovic in goal. An excited Bradley made his run-up and slotted the ball past Begovic to achieve his dream of scoring at the home of his idols.
Five-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery enjoyed a night to remember yesterday, netting a goal against the Blues at the Stadium of Light! pic.twitter.com/gfXbX5tMvP— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 15, 2016
Following Bradley’s heroics, a Twitter campaign was launched by a range of high-profile sporting accounts encouraging social media users to retweet and help the strike be officially recognized as the Premier League ‘Goal of the Month’ for December.
One such campaign is being headed by Sport Bible, whose tweets promoting the idea have, thus far, received over 10,000 retweets.
The ‘Goal of the Month’ competition is a regular segment on English football program ‘Match of the Day’ in which viewers vote for the best goal scored that month. The winners usually then go on to contest the ‘Goal of the Season’ award.
November’s award was won by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba for his strike against Swansea City.
Fans have raised £700,000 (US$870,000) for Bradley to receive treatment and regularly sing “There’s only one Bradley Lowery” on the terraces in honor of the young fan, who is from County Durham, UK.