Everton vs Newcastle: Toffees use first ever virtual mascot ahead of their clash with Toon

Ahead of their clash with Newcastle, Toffees skipper Phil Jagielka carried a specially-made robot onto the field.

It meant Jack McLinden, 14, could enjoy the action despite being too ill to travel to the game.

A camera, microphone and speaker helped the wheelchair-bound Blues fan soak up the atmosphere via a link to his iPad.

He was also introduced to Sam Allardyce's squad in the changing room and tunnel thanks to start-up No Isolation.

His mother Michelle Wignall said: "We are thrilled that through No Isolation and Everton Football Club, Jack is able to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience."


UK charity WellChild and Jack's family combined to give him the heartwarming experience.

Everton head of engagement Scott McLeod said: "The most important thing for everybody at the club is that we have had the opportunity, through this amazing technology and the work with No Isolation and WellChild, to do something incredible for an inspirational young Evertonian.


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"We are thrilled to have had the chance to do this for Jack and we hope it has provided him with a memory he will always treasure."


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