Bentley Saban-Smithers with Newport FC club captain Martin McDonough.

Newport FC welcomes club mascot from Gooseberry Hill

Isle of Wight football club Newport FC has found an unlikely mascot in a Gooseberry Hill Primary School student.
October 26, 2023

GOOSEBERRY Hill primary school student Bentley Saban-Smithers has had the experience of a lifetime while on a family trip to the UK.

Bentley, an avid sports fan, went to the Isle of Wight to visit family with his mother and sister.

On the trip he went to watch Newport Football Club compete against Folland Sports with his grandad, where he received a VIP welcome on arrival.

The game was played at East Cowes Victoria Athletics stadium, and upon entering the turnstile Bentley was presented with a club rosette by gate man Keith Able.

As soon as word got out that Bentley was back on the island, the club had found their new mascot for the game. Bentley led the club out in their home fixture against Folland Sports, wearing his rosette.

He was also greeted by Newport chairman John Davies prior to kick off, who said it was lovely to give him a match-day experience.

“We hope he enjoyed the day and will remember it for the future. We look forward to seeing him again on a future visit,” he said.

Bentley last visited the Isle of Wight as a six-year old in October 2019.

The game was played as part of the FA Vase fixture, and Newport lost 2-4.

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