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AWESOME! Rochdale name 5yo Joshua McCormack in match day squad

League One club Rochdale named five-year-old Joshua McCormack in their match day squad for Wednesday's EFL (Checkatrade) Trophy match against Hartlepool United.

The Dale made McCormack their youngest ever signing, issued him the number 55 shirt and put his name on the team sheet for their eventual 2-1 win at Victoria Park.

Joshua is suffering from a terminal brain tumour and although he was too ill to attend the match, was honoured by Rochdale manager Keith Hill.

“It is a real honour to name Joshua McCormack as a substitute for tonight's game," he told the club's official website.

“He has touched the hearts of everyone at Rochdale Football Club since we met him for the first time back in February.

“No child should have to go through what Joshua is going through and we, as a club and a group of players, will continue to do whatever we can to support him and his family.

“We hope this one small gesture can bring some light to his family during this difficult time."

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