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Friday 01 Dec 2017
Fan of the Month | November

Reece Cordner is about as big a Northern Ireland fan as you are likely to meet and regularly goes above and beyond to show his support for the team. 

Reece suffers from a rare brain disorder, Glut 1 Deficiency Syndrome and has severe learning difficulties. However, he doesn't let that hold him back and loves nothing more than supporting Northern Ireland! So much so he even changed the colour of his braces to green for the play-offs! 

Recently on his 18th birthday our very own Roy Carroll arrived to surprise him with a Northern Ireland themed birthday cake along with video messages from Chris Brunt, Steven Davis and David Healy - which his aunt Steph informs us he plays back regularly! 

When Reece found out he had become our November Fan of the Month he was thrilled. He said: "I am very happy and proud. Thank you Northern Ireland for giving me this opportunity.

He was particularly excited about getting to share the news when he returns to his school in Glenveagh Special Needs School in Belfast. 

"I can't wait to tell all my friends in School and my teachers and classroom assistants. I will follow Northern Ireland for years to come and hope to bring my little brother Archie to matches with me soon." 

His aunt Faith Seaton takes Reece to every game along with his Grandad and you certainly cannot deny his fantastic commitment. 

Faith said: "He counts down to the next Northern Ireland games and for days coming up to them he’s excited and even has myself and his grandad in the ground over an hour before kick off.

Reece even had 'GAWA' shaved into his head for the Euros and enjoys a good rendition of 'Sweet Caroline'. 

"He loves getting to Northern Ireland games he just loves the GAWA and loves to join in with the crowd with chanting and singing. He never misses a match at Windsor and tries to take in a few away games each campaign."

The passion shown from Reece and his family is quite remarkable and we look forward to welcoming the family to matches for years to come. 

You can view a gallery of images from Reece's trips to games in the slideshow below.