Gallery: Welwyn lad meets England captain John Terry

A CHELSEA fan was given the opportunity-of-a-lifetime to meet his heroes after winning a competition to write a magazine article. Thirteen-year-old George Cullen was sent to the London club's state-of-the-art training ground at Cobham, Surrey, to interv

A CHELSEA fan was given the opportunity-of-a-lifetime to meet his heroes after winning a competition to write a magazine article.

Thirteen-year-old George Cullen was sent to the London club's state-of-the-art training ground at Cobham, Surrey, to interview youth player Michael Wood.

But as the teenager from Pottersheath Road, Welwyn, arrived he was lucky to find the team's official photo being taken so had the opportunity to meet the entire first team.

George, who is a pupil at Richard Hale School in Hertford, completed his interview and report which is set to be published in the Chelsea fans' magazine.


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Mum Julie said: "He had a fantastic day, he didn't realise how good it was actually going to be."

The youngster was accompanied by his nan, 73-year-old Shirley Spence, from Panshanger, WGC, on his visit.

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Mum Julie said: "She's been a mad Chelsea fan since she was little.

"John Terry was there, he took his shirt off and gave it to a little girl, she asked if she could have his shorts!

"She said it was the best day of her life."

Chelsea magazine editor David Antill said: "George was one of the very first applicants to get in touch when we ran astory on Chelsea’s official website and it was obvious he is keen to prove himself as a budding journalist, as well as being an avid fan of the club.

"When he supplied his articles after his day at Cobham, they were of a very

high standard and I’m delighted he had a fantastic experience interviewing

Michael Woods and meeting our first-team players and management.

"I think George has the potential to be an excellent sports journalist in the future and, with his love of the Blues, maybe he could work for the club one day."

*George's article for Chelsea is set to be reproduced in this month's Times Magazine, free inside the WHT on September 30.

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