Luke’s ‘brilliant’ day as Spurs mascot
STEPPING out onto the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur was a dream-come-true for one young football fan given the chance to be a mascot for the day.
Seven-year-old Luke Hale, from Newfields, WGC, was chosen from thousands of young fans who apply to the club to be chosen for the prestigious honour of walking out with footballers at the start of a big Premier League match.
A huge Spurs fan, Luke spent time behind the scenes at White Hart Lane for the club’s clash with Aston Villa last month.
He got his shirt signed, put on a special mascot Spurs kit, had his picture taken with players and met some of his favourite stars.
Luke, a member of the Welwyn Pegasus under-8 Skys, said: “The thing was, they don’t tell you which player you are going to walk out with.
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“So I was waiting for ages, about five minutes, then the referee rings a bell, then another bell rings and then the players came out of the dressing room.
“I didn’t know who I was going to be with and then Roman Pavlyuchenko lined up next to me.
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“I was so excited and so surprised. It was amazing because he’s my favourite player.”
Luke, who also saw Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and other big stars, took the whole experience in his stride but added: “When I walked out onto the pitch the noise was so, so big but I thought to myself, I could get used to this.
“I looked up at all the screens around the stadium and my name was up there with all the other mascots, which was brilliant.”
Mum Vanessa, who watched the game with proud family and friends, said: “It was such a surprise for him to walk out with Pavlyuchenko.
“I was watching from the stands and crying my eyes out. It was a really great day and they treated us all so well.”
The day ended well for Luke and his family – a Rafael van der Vaart double helped Spurs to a 2-1 victory.