GULBERWICK girl Macy Russell, 12, enjoyed a day to remember late last month when she was matchday mascot for her favourite English football team Chelsea.
She was accompanied by her family on a trip to London to watch the blues defeat Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 23 October.
Her dad Gerald and brother Luca are both Chelsea fans so she was always destined to follow in their footsteps. Luca was also a mascot for the club back in 2014.
Having been on the waiting list for nearly six and a half years, Macy was delighted to be chosen and Gerald said she “took the whole experience in her stride, with nothing fazing her on this momentous occasion”.
On arriving she met all the first team players in the changing room, accompanied by her dad, and was delighted to pose for numerous photos and to receive an autographed shirt and football as keepsakes.
Gerald said she was eager to get onto the pitch and “by no means daunted as they were cheered on by a boisterous 43,000-strong crowd at a packed Stamford Bridge”.
She walked through the tunnel and onto the park accompanied by Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Following the handshakes and other pre-match formalities, Macy lined up with the officials and team captains for a final photo prior to kick-off.
Chelsea did not disappoint, scoring their first goal within 30 seconds of the kick-off before Macy and her family had managed to get to their allocated seats behind the dugout.
The family enjoyed an excellent match as the home side notched a further three goals to record a 4-0 victory over United, now managed by Chelsea’s former title-winning boss Jose Mourinho.
Gerald said: “Macy thoroughly enjoyed her mascot experience, made all the better by a superb result and indeed had a VIP day never to forget… definitely a day to remember.”