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Baby Arlo sees Torquay United survive relegation jsut 30 minutes after leaving hospital

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

Baby Arlo Roach with dad Anthony, mum Rebekah and sisters Courtney, left, and Summer. Arlo was taken to see Torquay United just 30 minutes after leaving hospital, as the Gulls faced relegation from the Football League

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A father so keen for his son to watch a football league match before his club was relegated took him to the game just half an hour after he was discharged from hospital.

Anthony Roach, 39, was delighted when his partner gave birth to a baby boy, Arlo, late on Friday evening – four days earlier than expected.

The early arrival meant that it was possible for the Torquay United fan to take his newborn to the team's final match before they were knocked out of league football.

So the new father drove straight to the match following the baby's release from hospital – stopping off en route to drop his exhausted fiancée home.

Arlo was discharged from hospital 15 minutes after the game kicked-off, but thanks to his father's dedication he managed to make it in time for the second half. His father, Anthony, said: "I drove Rebekah home and made sure she was comfortable then I got off to the ground as quick as I could.

"Luckily my boss had an executive box at the stadium, so I didn't have to try and get Arlo and his carrycot through the turnstiles.

"We only managed to arrive at half time but thankfully that meant he only had to watch one of the three goals we let in."

Arlo is Anthony's first child, although Rebekah has two daughters from a previous relationship – Courtney, nine and Summer, seven.

The couple have been together two years and are currently engaged to be married.

Anthony added: "Although I can't get Rebekah interested in football, the girls already go to home and away matches with me. I also am secretary and coach of a ladies football team and the girls come to watch them as well."

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