Stoke City F.C.Transcript
Neil Baldwin is best described as a national treasure and is known through the BAFTA award-winning BBC television drama, ‘Marvellous’ first broadcast in 2014, telling the story of his life. Neil was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child, a label which he has simply ignored to achieve remarkable things throughout his life in a range of areas and can boast many famous friends including the Archbishop of Canterbury, sportsmen and politicians. As a young man he had an unskilled job in the pottery industry in Stoke, and in the 80s he travelled as Nello the Clown in Sir Robert Fossett’s circus. Neil went on to become a kit-man for Stoke City Football Club, for whom he once played briefly in a friendly match, being described by then manager Lou Macari described as “the best signing I ever made”. He received an honorary degree of Master of the University from Keele University after being adopted by the student body over the last 50 years as something of a mascot for Keele and has been presented with the Freedom of Stoke on Trent. Neil is seen as a role model of achievement and an unfailingly positive approach to life to overcome obstacles.
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