Sheffield Steelers are delighted to announce that Tony Foulds, the man responsible for the ‘Mi Amigo’ flypast in February this year will attend the Steelers remembrance day game on November 16th.
Mr Foulds, who has become a national treasure following years dedicated to preserving the Mi Amigo memorial in Endcliffe Park, has accepted the invitation from the Steelers to be a part of this special night.
For the game, the Steelers will be wearing special ‘Lest We Forget’ jerseys to commemorate the occasion and replicas are being made for supporters to also get their hands on.
In typical Steelers fashion, it will be an emotional night at the FlyDSA Arena when we take on the Coventry Blaze and Mr Foulds will play a very special part in the evenings events.
At the start of the game, Tony Foulds will be present at ice level for the ceremonial puck drop and a special remembrance video that will be played on the big screen.
This will all, of course, come after a V.I.P tour around the House Of Steel where Tony will meet the players and staff inside the Steelers locker room.
Mi Amigo story
It was 75 years ago that a US military bomber crashed into Endcliffe Park, killing the ten men on board the aircraft. The memorial that is now situated in the park was installed to remember the lives lost in the crash.
At the time of the crash, Mr Foulds was 8-years-old and playing in the park with his friends when the plane came hurtling towards the field.
Mr Foulds said that when the bomber came round again, the pilot was waving his arms as a warning.
“We did not know what that meant so we just waved back,” he said.
“On the third time, he just missed the slates of the houses, that’s how low he was.
“And, because we were still there, he had to make a decision – ‘Shall I land on there and hope I don’t hit these kids or try and get over the trees with this one engine?’.
“Of course, he tried to get over the trees. The engine failed and it dropped straight into the ground.”
Mr Foulds said the plane burst into flames and exploded.
It was BBC Breakfast presenter, Dan Walker, who studied at the University of Sheffield, that stumbled upon this incredible story whilst walking through the Sheffield park.
Mr Walker was so moved by the story that he went above and beyond to bring the nation’s attention to the voluntary act of kindness that Tony has carried out for almost 75 years.
After launching an online campaign to get ‘#GetTonyAFlypast’ in a bid to thank Tony for the amazing service he has shown to the memorial garden, the power of social media took over and the news went from Sheffield to all around the globe.
Many will have witnessed the ‘Remember the Ten’ flypast on February 22nd of 2019, the 75th anniversary of the crash, that saw a whole host of military planes line the sky over Yorkshire.
To keep up-to-date with Tony’s story, check out his Facebook page here
Steelers next home game:
Saturday 16th November
Steelers vs Blaze
7 pm face-off
Tickets available: 0114 256 5566 / http://bit.ly/SteelersTIX