Poppy loved Gareth Bale. He signed for our team, Spurs in May 2007. For the 2007-08 Season, I bought Cosmo a Tottenham Hotspur shirt and had Bale’s name and number printed on the back. Cosmo chose Bale because he was a young ‘flair’ player, the kind we really like. Bale’s original squad number was 16, because he was young and not a first team regular. His first couple of seasons were not that successful and he had the reputation of never being in a winning team. He became a first team regular and was given the left-back number of 3. Later when he was hailed as the best player in the Premier League he took on the attacking number of 11.
Poppy always likes to wear Cosmo’s old football shirts when he has outgrown them. On August 7th 2010, Karen took Poppy and Cosmo to a pre-season ‘international friendly’ match at White Hart Lane against Fiorentina. Poppy was wearing her Bale number 16 shirt when Gareth came out onto the pitch to publicly sign a new contract. Poppy ran down to the front and Gareth Bale came across and signed the shirt on her back. You can see his signature in black felt tip marker to the right of the name. Poppy was very proud of this shirt and had it framed and mounted on her bedroom wall.
In September 2013, Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive footballer by signing for Real Madrid for a record fee of 100million Euros (£85.3million). Bale had cost only £7million when he took on the original number 16 shirt.
Gareth Bale signing Poppy’s shirt, cameraphone pic by Cosmo