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Moment smiling Arthur shares football dreams in tear-jerking family clip

Grinning ear to ear, a smiling boy shares his ambitious dreams to become a professional footballer as he plays with his toy action figures.

Little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes sits comfortably on a sofa, telling his uncle of his hopes to first play football for Liverpool, then Tottenham before joining the England squad.

It’s one of the many happy memories the family of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes hold dear – and the way they wish for the schoolboy to be remembered.

Read more: Live updates: Poignant new pictures of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with mum revealed as his killers are jailed

Sharing the heart-warming video to Twitter, his uncle Daniel Hughes, brother to Thomas Hughes, urged: “Remember him like this please”.

The short clip shows Arthur shaking his head when asked if he’s going to play for England, before telling his uncle: “After when I’ve played for Liverpool, I’m going to play for Tottenham.”

He goes onto add that he will play for England, but only after reaching his goal of playing for both teams.

The smiling boy’s life was turned upside down when his biological mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow was jailed for killing her partner Gary Cunningham.

Before he was subjected to cruelty and tragically murdered in Cranmore Road, Shirley in June 2020, he was a boy who loved superheroes, was a keen football fan and enjoyed dressing up in costumes.

BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

His father and so-called step-mum Emma Tustin were jailed for his killing and multiple child cruelty offences as a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court ended on Friday (Dec 3).

Hughes, 29, of Stroud Road, was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter while his 32-year-old girlfriend was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 29 years for his murder.

In a fitting statement read to the court, his mum-of-one said his “superpower was his smile” and he would spend hours dressing up.

The prisoner’s mother, Arthur’s maternal grandmother Madeleine Halcrow, read her daughter’s poignant tribute after footage was released by West Midlands Police.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, as his family wished to remember him

“Arthur was the light of my life. He wasn’t just my only child – he was my best friend,” Labinjo-Halcrow said.

“Never did I imagine he would be taken from this world so early in his life.

“If Arthur could ask for one last thing, it would be that he was remembered for his superpower. That will always be what I remember and Arthur’s superpower was his smile.”

She added: “Talking about Arthur’s loves would not be complete without mentioning superheroes, Marvel or DC. Arthur loved them all, from Batman to Black Panther, Aqua Man to the Flash.

“He had every costume and action figure and would spend hours dressing up and pretending he had all of their superpowers.”

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