Dundee-mad Scot recreates childhood pic together with her footy idol over 20 years later

A DUNDEE-MAD Scot has recreated a childhood image after catching up together with her footballing idol – over 20 years on.

Gemma Blake has supported her native aspect Dundee FC since she was a baby and was delighted to seize a long-awaited follow-up snap with striker Fabian ‘Tyson’ Caballero.

Argentinian Caballero arrived within the metropolis of Discovery in 2000 and stayed for 5 years earlier than leaving for Paraguay, however the duo had been reunited final week at a testimonial match.

Gemma and Fabian first snapped an image when he was the star striker at Dens Park. Credit score: Gemma Blake

Gemma, 30, shared a touching picture of the pair on-line final week which reveals them collectively all the way in which again in 2000 and now, 23 years later.

Within the authentic picture, a then 7-year-old Gemma is being held up by a smiling Caballero on the promoting hoardings while each smiling for a photograph.

The teenager is sporting the Xara Dundee package of the time while her Argentine idol is sporting a pink jumper recognized for use in warm-up train earlier than the sport.

The second picture reveals them collectively once more within the modern-day, with Gemma snapping the selfie of the pair again at Dens Park.

Retail assistant Gemma is stood sporting a inexperienced jacket with a fur hood and a Dundee scarf as she beams on the digicam.

Former Arsenal striker Caballero is sporting a Dundee observe jacket with the membership emblem emblazoned on the left-hand aspect.

He holds a programme for the testimonial – devoted to Cammy Kerr – who was being celebrated for his greater than 10 years of service to the Darkish Blues.

The striker had simply completed enjoying within the sport which completed 1-0 to the Dundee Choose towards a younger Celtic staff.

Gemma shared the images on social media final week with the caption: “23 years aside.”

Gemma with Fabian in 2023
Gemma snapped a selfie of the pair throughout Cammy Kerr’s testimonial. Credit score: Gemma Blake

Her put up obtained dozens of likes and feedback from fellow followers of the membership.

One stated: “That’s sensible.”

One other added: “That’s completely class.”

Talking right now, Gemma stated: “Ever since I can keep in mind coming to observe Dundee, he was one in all my favourites together with Gavin Rae.

“Caballero was my idol – simply the way in which he performed and his expertise – I used to be ecstatic [when I saw him] and couldn’t wait and I hoped I may get one other image with him to recreate 20 years in the past.

“He stated hi there and I despatched him the images and he replied saying they had been excellent.

“At the moment my favorite participant of the staff is Zak Rudden, I don’t know what expectations I’ve for this season, however I’d love for us to get prime six.

“If we handle to keep away from the play-offs, I’ll be more than pleased for a primary 12 months again within the prime league of soccer in Scotland.”

Dundee return to motion this weekend towards Hibernian at Dens Park as they search for one other win to maintain them within the prime six.

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