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“I’ve got an absolute passion for it!” – How Dream Team helped this man battle a devastating condition

Robert Haden is an inspirational to everyone and is a Dream Team fanatic

Not all superheroes wear capes.

Robert Haden is testament to that.

Leeds fan Robert suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and has been embroiled in a battle for illness benefits in the last couple of years.

Despite his debilitating condition, which causes extreme tiredness, Robert has become one of the best Dream Team players around and is totally devoted to the game.


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Robert suffers from ME

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Robert suffers from ME

“I’ve got an absolute passion for Dream Team,” he told us.

“It’s the thing that gets me through most of my weeks when the football season is on. I never miss a weekend!”

As well as finishing in the top 200 on our Season game twice, he even more impressively pocketed the £5k first prize on Dream Team Weekender last November with an incredible 81 points.

And he’s planning to put that jackpot to good use.

As well as renovating his living room, Robert has his eyes on an electric wheelchair which would allow him to become fully independent after his initial charity-funded wheelchair broke.

Robert’s new fireplace

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Robert’s new fireplace

“The nature of ME and the severity of it means you can’t always use a wheelchair if and when you want to,” he said.

“I’ve got a friend who helps me but I can’t always rely on them.

“Then the brakes failed and that was a really expensive repair. Because of the way things are now with cuts and everything that wheelchair couldn’t be fixed.

“But my thoughts are that my winnings will provide a new powered wheelchair so I don’t have to rely on my friend anymore.”

For those who have never played Weekender before, it’s simply the easiest fantasy football game around.

Robert’s winning Weekender team

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Robert’s winning Weekender team

Pick seven players across the Saturday and Sunday Premier League games with no budget limitations and – of course – it’s completely free to enter too.

Robert triumphed over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th last season, with Raheem Sterling and Ben Chilwell his big points scorers.

But he owed his victory to a last minute Leroy Sane goal in Man City’s thumping win over Southampton which took him clear of his nearest challengers.

The decisive moment

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The decisive moment

“The last 30 minutes of the Man City game were the tensest of my life, just waiting and hoping for Sane to score,” Robert admitted.

“When I saw his name pop up in the 91st minute I couldn’t stop screaming!”

Robert even admitted he wouldn’t trade his Weekender win for a promotion party for his beloved Leeds. Just don’t tell Marcelo Bielsa.

Sorry, Marcelo

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Sorry, Marcelo

He added: “You know what? I’d sacrifice Leeds again!

“I’ve entered every weekend since I won it too, I just can’t get enough.

“I can’t wait for it all (Dream Team) to begin again so I can have the disappointment of not being able to pick Leeds players again!”

And there’s good news for Robert and all of you itching to get stuck into the new season.

Ready to do it all again?

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Ready to do it all again?

The Dream Team 2019/20 game is expected to open around mid-July with not one, not two, but THREE games available to play.

As well as the traditional Season game and Weekender, we’ve introduced an exciting Draft format which should really spice up mini-leagues.

So whether you’re after prize money or bragging rights between mates – or both in Robert’s case – Dream Team is simply the best place for fantasy football again this season.


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