Accrington Stanley striker Webber back after birth of baby Xavi
1:31pm Thursday 26th December 2013 in Sport
HIS newborn baby shares a name with Barcelona and Spain great Xavi, and Accrington Stanley striker Danny Webber is relishing his return to action against York City this afternoon.
Baby Xavi’s arrival last week meant that Webber missed the dramatic last-gasp victory at Mansfield Town, when Stanley incredibly came from 2-1 down in the 93rd minute to win 3-2.
But the former Manchester United and Portsmouth forward is available again for today’s home game against York, eager to help the Reds continue climbing the League Two table.
He has been buoyed by the birth of his son, and the choice of name was the sign of a man who likes to go against convention.
“We’ve called him Xavi, just like the Spanish footballer,” Webber said.
“The most famous Xavi in the world would probably be him and it’s what most people would probably relate it to by the fact that I play football, but it’s just a nice name that me and the missus liked.
“We had it earmarked for a while if it was a boy.
“It’s my third child. I’ve got a six-year-old girl, India, and a 14-month-old boy, Pierre.
“They are real names but they’re different, you’re not going to hear the same name in the playground for too many.
“My children are awesome, the best aspect of my life by far.”
Webber was sad to miss out on the win at Mansfield but believes that comeback was a sign that Stanley can continue to move up the table, having already climbed from rock bottom to 17th in recent weeks.
“Xavi came last Wednesday late at night but we’d been through a couple of days’ labour,” he said.
“I’d had a bit of illness as well and the weekend came a bit too soon for me, so it was better for the team that I didn’t play.
“I’m desperate to play in every game whether it’s five-a-side with my mates, Premier League or League Two.
“I love playing football so I’m disappointed to miss any minutes on the pitch but I’m just glad the lads won on Saturday, they really fought hard and dug deep for it.
“They showed the belief that we didn’t have at the start of the season.
“You don’t come from 2-1 down and win 3-2 with no belief.”
Former Stanley and Burnley loan forward Wes Fletcher could line up for York today on his return to the Store First Stadium.
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