FANS flocking to Wembley to see the football Championship’s play-off final will come face-to-face with a St Helens competition-winner.
That’s because Steve Meredith, of Walmesley Road, Eccleston, has been chosen as the unlikely face of Swansea City - and will see his picture posted on a giant billboard outside the national stadium.
Steve, 44, a lifelong Swansea City fan, was stunned to win npower’s Every Shirt Has A Story competition after submitting an old photo of him cradling his newborn son, Will, while wearing his beloved Swansea football shirt.
Fittingly, Will, who is now 13, also features on the giant 24m poster - wearing the same shirt his dad wore when the photo was first taken.
Steve, a pharmaceutical salesman, said: “I was completely gobsmacked when I heard I’d won. The day was always going to be a special one, with Swansea so close to promotion. But for me to represent the club in this way is incredible.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in. I can’t wait to see the posters when they’re on display.”
Tens of thousands of fans heading to see Swansea play Reading in the annual play-off final will see the poster unveiled on the North External Wall of Wembley Stadium on Monday (May 30).
Football League sponsors npower’s sponsorship manager, Emma Collins, said: “Steve’s story really deserved to win the competition. We’re delighted for him.
“The poster of the two promises to look fantastic. Fingers crossed for Steve it will be a wonderful day at Wembley, regardless of the result.”
The competition was part of npower’s Every Shirt Has A Story campaign, which encouraged football fans across the country to submit their favourite shirt stories.
There were more than 3,000 entries from footy fans across the country.
The promotion – online at www.everyshirt.co.uk – is still open for fans to enter too, with a range of prizes and football tickets to be won before the end of June.