Brave Chloe Newby had but one goal lined up for the night she would meet her Sheffield Wednesday heroes... to get herself back to match fitness.
The Mexborough School student – who survived the horrific triple death crash that killed her boyfriend and best mates – walked for the first time last week.
Using a single crutch, Chloe shrugged off the massive injuries she suffered in the December 17 smash, to stride – albeit slowly – into a special sportsmen’s dinner.
The sell-out evening – in commemoration of Chloe’s courage, and in memory of the lost trio – was organised by Times photographer Karen Elliott.
And Chloe and her family joined former Owls stars Chris Waddle, John Sheridan and Phil King on the top table, at Mexborough’s Pastures Lodge – as more than 260 people turned up and tipped up to raise cash for the Mexborough teenager.
Chloe, 17, showed no signs of the huge injuries – including a fractured skull, collapsed lung, torn liver, smashed pelvis and broken ankles – that had left her lying between life and death for weeks, just three months earlier.
After settling down to a pie and pea supper, the crowd of mainly Owls’ fans had a marvellous night, listening to tales from their heroes.
Taking questions from the audience, ex-England ace Chris Waddle told how having a dodgy perm at a Newcastle hairdresser’s led to his winning the coveted “mullet of the year” award, when his famous short-on-top, long-and curly-at-the-back hairstyle was copied by thousands of fans around the world – and a few players too!
And he also spilled the beans about high jinks in the Newcastle Utd and England dressing rooms when he played alongside Gazza.
John Sheridan, the former Republic of Ireland star and current manager of Chesterfield, gave up a few secrets about the Irish squad’s preparations for the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
With the room in high-spirits, an auction that included signed sporting memorabilia and VIP tickets to the Owls and Chesterfield, netted over £1,800.
This included £600 from one guest for VIP match-tickets, dinner and a personal tour of the Spireites offered by Mr Sheridan.
The event raised a stunning £4,830.
It was rounded off by a stand-up comedy routine from John Stiles – World Cup winner Nobby Stiles’s son – who had the Pastures audience in stitches with his gags.
Part of the money raised will go towards a bench in memory of Chloe’s boyfriend Jono Scott, and her two pals – sweethearts Lauren Birkett and Robert Tepper, who were killed in the crash.