Oxford United fan sees birth of twins after shopping trip to Swindon

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Dean after the birth of his twin boys <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Dean after the birth of his twin boys (Image: Newsquest)

A mad Oxford United fan saw the birth of his twin boys in a U's top after his wife went into labour after a shopping trip in Swindon.

Dean Boswell said he and his wife, Hannah Boswell, who was 33 weeks pregnant, joked about the birth taking place in Swindon whilst travelling along the A420 westbound in a spontaneous trip.

With Dean also deciding to wear his Oxford United top, fate had well and truly been tempted.

After they finished their shopping with the addition of last-minute baby clothes, they headed back towards their house in Grove.

However, as they pulled onto the A420, Hannah quickly realised things were not right and Dean pulled into a lay-by and made a 999 call.

On arrival, the paramedics noticed the first twin, Kai, was rapidly being born and Hannah was rushed to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

Within one hour, Kai was born naturally but the second twin, Lucas, had to be delivered by an emergency caesarean section.

This was made all the more complicated considering the fact that Hannah was under the care of the Silver Star Unit at the John Radcliffe hospital, which held the information surrounding Hannah and the babies.

Nevertheless, despite Lucas needing to be intubated shortly after birth, both twins arrived safely.

Nine months later Dean said his twin boys are "practically unrecognisable from that day" after the difficult birth.

Dean said: "The road ahead for these tiny babies was not always easy, especially during the first months of life.

"Some complications did follow and as I sat there, still in my Oxford United top, holding these two tiny human beings with my marvellous wife, I wondered 'what would the future would hold?'"

"Nine months later, Kai and Lucas are practically unrecognisable from that day.

"They are thriving and loving their football, much to their father's delight and are now finally big enough to fit in their Oxford United onesies.

"They both cannot get enough of watching football on the TV.

"Of course, their daddy dreams about Kai and Lucas one day playing for Oxford United and maybe, just maybe, one of them will score a winning goal against the Robins."

The rivalry with Swindon Town stems from the clubs' close proximity, as well as the fact they have played each other 62 times since 1962.

Swindon is currently on top of the all-time record having won, 25 games to United's 17 with 20 games ending in a draw.

However, United won the most recent clash coming out 2-1 winners at the County Ground on March 9, 2021, when both teams were in League One.