The great grandson of one of Wasps’ greatest ever players is making a 10,000-mile round-trip to get the Club’s clash with West Midlands rivals Worcester Warriors underway this weekend.
Nathan Compton, 15, from Sacramento in California, is related to Neville Compton, who was part of the Wasps team that went an entire season unbeaten in 1930/31 – scoring 530 points - and also became the first Wasps player to play for the Barbarians.
Neville, who was a goal-kicking second-row, also went on to captain Wasps for eight seasons between 1939 and 1947 in a career that spanned 21 years, after which he served the Club in a number of administrative roles prior to becoming President from 1970 to 1973.
And to commemorate his great granddad’s role, Nathan will be running out with the match ball before Wasps’ Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Worcester Warriors at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 12 October.
Explaining how the idea came about, Nathan’s mum Madeline Rubenstein said: “Nathan has a great deal of affection for Wasps because of his late father, Matthew, who very much viewed Wasps as his club.
“Matthew obviously knew all about the role that his grandfather Neville played at Wasps, and his own dad Richard Compton also played for the Club in the 60s too, so naturally Wasps was a big part of Matthew’s life and he attended nearly every match until we emigrated to America in 2003.
“Sadly, Matthew passed away in 2013 after a battle with cancer, but not before he was able to take Nathan to his first Wasps match at Adams Park in November 2011.
“Nathan hasn’t been to a Wasps match since, and I’m really hoping the experience at Ricoh Arena will not only bring back some happy memories for Nathan, but will help to create new ones at the club where his dad felt at home.
“I’d like to thank Wasps for giving my son this opportunity. We live far away now and I wrote to the Club explaining that we were coming over to the UK to take in a Wasps match, so to have Nathan running out on to the pitch will be a moment of great pride for our family, and I’m sure his father will be looking down with a smile.”
Wasps Marketing Manager Verity Brown reached out to Nathan’s mum to offer her son the pitchside opportunity.
Verity added: “We were blown away when we heard Nathan’s story and it really epitomises our Club motto ‘Once A Wasp, Always A Wasp’.
“We’re really looking forward to meeting Nathan and Madeline, and giving them a day that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”
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