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The Bryce Is Right


09:30 29th March 2013

Young fan meets goalscoring hero

Wolves invited one young fan along to their Compton Park training ground this week, after the little lad caused quite a stir after the win over Bristol City.

Following Kevin Doyle's winner a fortnight ago, club photographer Sam Bagnall captured the striker celebrating with supporters in the lower tier of the Billy Wright Stand - and one fan in particular caught the eye after the picture was posted on Wolves' official Facebook page.

Two year-old Bryce - attending his first ever Wolves game - was being held in the arms of his jubilant dad Craig James, while granddad Rob was the first to congratulate Doyle as he ran towards the crowd, grabbing the Irishman in a celebratory embrace.

The three generations were invited along to the club this week, and although Rob had to pass up the opportunity after the visit was rearranged due to Doyle's late international call-up, Craig and Bryce made the most of their day behind the scenes.

As the pair watched the players train, Craig admitted: "I couldn't believe it to be honest - I got home after the game and the missus told me I was all over Facebook and Twitter!

"I had no idea why, but then I obviously I saw the picture and showed Bryce, and he was able to watch the highlights and pick himself out."

Although Dad and Grandad - both lifelong Wolves supporters - were caught up in the moment following the winning goal, Craig admits that the delirious scenes around Molineux didn't quite extend to young Bryce.

"He'd just drifted off to sleep," Craig explained. "When we scored the first goal I couldn't celebrate because I didn't want to wake him up, but when the second goal went in and Doyle came running over to us I couldn't help myself.

"It was just a mad, crazy moment - I've never experienced anything like it. Before I could even stand up, I saw my dad over at the front of the stand hugging Doyle."

Manager Dean Saunders spoke about the goal this week: "I'll be keeping the picture of them all celebrating - that's something I'll turn to, because it shows how good the spirit in the camp is."

However, Craig says that partner Leanne's reaction wasn't quite as enthusiastic when she first saw the picture of a sleeping Bryce being dangled somewhat precariously as the fans around him surged forward to celebrate with the players.

He explains: "At first she was a bit shocked, but I talked her around - I told her it was a life or death situation! He enjoyed it anyway - he got to experience the madness of a winning goal.

"He's got a great memory of his first game now - particularly with all the pictures. They say everyone remembers their first game, and it's great that he had such a great experience. Hopefully he'll turn into a bit of a lucky omen now."

After touring the training ground facilities, Craig and Bryce met many of the first team squad, with Adam Hammill proving a particular hit after buying and presenting Bryce with an hamper full of Easter eggs.

They were then presented with a signed shirt from the goalscorer, with Doyle keen to meet the lad who shared - albeit when half-asleep - in the delight of his winning header.

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